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Castillejo de Monteagudo

 
Catalogue
Andalusian Gardens
City
Murcia
Country
Spain
Dates
ca. 1147/1165 ca. 1172
Authors
Antonio Almagro;
Luis Ramón-Laca

Description

Torres Balbás identified al-Qasr Ibn Sa‘d with the Castillejo de Monteagudo. This palace was probably built during the reign of Ibn Mardanish (1147–1172). The courtyard had a cross-shaped garden with two square ponds at the ends of the main axis, first erroneously identified as pavilions. The archaeological remains studied by Navarro Palazón and Jiménez Castillo, including a vast pool measuring 161 m by 136 m (mentioned in 1450 in Christian documents), irrigation acequias, an enclosed orchard, an aqueduct, etc., show that the palace was located within an important estate. Another palace known as Larache (al-Hisn al-Faradj) is located 500 m from the Castillejo.

The palace was destroyed by the Almohads, who conquered Murcia in 1172 and devastated the surrounding vega.


 

Sources

  • Court Chronicle, 12th century
  • Archaeological Analysis, 1924
Catalogue
Andalusian Gardens
City
Murcia
Country
Spain
Dates
ca. 1147/1165 ca. 1172
Authors
Antonio Almagro;
Luis Ramón-Laca