The Castle of Xàtiva

The day we visited the castle the temperature reached a toasty 28C/82F. We were indeed warm climbing the steep hills around the wonderful old castle ruins. Although both the Iberians and the Romans fortified the same peak, the majority of surviving walls and towers are Moorish in technique and Gothic in style.

To understand the sheer size of the castle complex, the original castle had a double moat, 30 towers, 12 reservoirs and 2 chapels. It was dominated by a massive tower along with many other rooms and fortifications. Unfortunately, nearly all were destroyed by an earthquake in 1748.

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