Photographer's Note

Trujillo - Winter in Extremadura

Why am I showing a winter photo in summertime?
Were already late June and spring and early summer in Belgium have been wetter than ever before. The weather is often so wet and dark that I started feeling nostalgic for the sunny days of my winter vacation in Spain.

The 3 pictures of the castle (alcazaba) of Trujillo in Extremadura are taken on December, 26th, in the heart of the winter.

The following information on the castle comes from:

This was originally the site of a Roman fortification, converted during the Islamic era into an alcazar and later rebuilt by Christian conquerors. The result is a group of walls with both round and square towers.
The fortress may have formed part of the great walled precinct that defended the city and was attached to the northeast wall. One passes through a gate into the central area of the alcazaba, which has a court of arms and a pair of towers. The towers there are taller than the remaining towers in the castle and may have served as lookouts. To the east are the remains of the alcazar with its two marvelous cisterns, one of which has two barrel-vaulted aisles like the one in the Alcazaba de Granada.
The castle was temporarily conquered by Alfonso VIII, and later endured seven consecutive assaults by the Moors and Christians until in 1223 it fell permanently into Castilian hands and became the property of the military orders.

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