El Castillo de Tabernas

Tabernas

Tabernas

After we left the market there this morning we walked up the hill to the old castle. Looking back there are good views of the town and church.
Cat at a window

Cat at a window

We passed this cat looking out at us from behind the rejas. An unusual pose for a cat and it was clearly a pet because it had a collar with bells.
Looking up to the entrance of the castle

Looking up to the entrance of the castle

Parts of the old castle have been restored like the entrance towers and arch.
Original tower of the castle

Original tower of the castle

The castle was built by the Moors in the 11th Century.
The castle overlooks the valley below

The castle overlooks the valley below

It had a strategic position guarding the valley below Tabernas which was the main route between the old Moorish kingdoms of Murcia and Granada.
Old walls and a restored part

Old walls and a restored part

During the 16th Century, after the reconquist, it became a Christian stronghold against uprisings by Moriscos. Most of the castle is in ruin but the original walls still standing create a feeling for those centuries past.
Back down to town

Back down to town

Back down to Tabernas for lunch and then on to the wild west, our next post.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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