Castle, Cabrera Tower and Death Tower (Tales). Ancient structures
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Castle, Cabrera Tower and Death Tower


Tales

Protected after being declared a Site of Cultural Interest, the remains of the castle are located on a steep hill crowning the town on the edge of a cliff. It dates from the 12th century and is of Arab origin, in line with the rest of the castles in the Sierra de Espadán mountains. Archaeologists have clearly differentiated three phases in its construction.  The first constitutes the original core, possibly from the Muslim period. The construction technique used was masonry with an exterior lime mortar plaster on the entire stretch of walls.  The second, also medieval and using the same construction technique, is comprised of two quadrangular towers and a third that is essentially free-standing.  This phase includes reforms in different areas, such as the opening of windows.  Finally, the third construction phase corresponds to the 19th century.  During the Carlist wars, three semi-circular towers were raised as well as the walls of some rooms and a medium-sized water cistern over the remains of the previous phase.  These modifications adapted the structure of the building for defence by the use of rifles and artillery.31​
Cabrera Tower and Death Tower.31​

 


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