Archive | May 6, 2012

Alcazaba of Málaga

Alcazaba of Málaga by Webminkette
Alcazaba of Málaga, a photo by Webminkette on Flickr.

Being used, in Britain, to castles (& ruined castles) like Beaumaris, it was a serendipitous delight to discover the stunning interiors of the Alcazaba of Málaga. Whilst entering the walled defences of the castle I had no inkling of the treasure held within.

Home of the Moorish Governor of Granada until 1487, this courtyard garden forms part of the inner citadel. The beautiful Moorish architecture coupled with the use of still and running water created areas of cool peace and tranquillity; there were many places to pause and reflect a while.

It was well worth the effort to visit these lower buildings of the Gibralfaro castle. High enough to offer lovely views of the surrounding area and full of fragments of past elegance, I hope you too will get the chance to be charmed by this enchanting place.

Beaumaris Castle

Beaumaris Castle by webmink
Beaumaris Castle, a photo by webmink on Flickr.

The view you saw of the Menai Strait is very near this location. This is Edward I’s last Welsh castle, on the south east tip of Anglesey in Wales.

These buildings were not only a matter of CYA politics like the equivalent “security” measures are today. They had that role, of course – a show of strength to tell the locals their foreign ruler was formidable. But they were also necessary, as historically the understanding that every noble is just a man was much easier to expose and it was necessary to have actual, solid defences for when the people picked up pikes to press their point.

Remembering that every act of “the state” is actually the decision of an individual is more necessary than ever.

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