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Hello friends and colleagues propose today an exterior view of the Castle of La Luna Rota city. Hope you like it, then some letters over the town and the Castle.

The town of Rota is a Spanish municipality located in the province of Cádiz, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Its geographical coordinates are 36 ° 37 'N, 6 ° 21' W. Its surface area is 84 square kilometers and borders the cities of Chipiona, Sanlucar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa María. It is located at an altitude of 9 meters and 51 kilometers of the province capital, Cadiz. In 2012 it had 29,094 inhabitants, with a density of 339.44 hab / km². It belongs to two associations, the Association of Municipalities Bay of Cadiz; of which it forms part since 19973 with the municipalities of Cádiz, Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María, San Fernando, Chiclana and Puerto Real, and the Association of Municipalities of Bajo Guadalquivir that form, among others, municipalities Northwest Coast.

Located next to the bay of Cadiz on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, halfway between Portugal and Gibraltar, it is an eminently tourist town, a vacation destination for travelers from all parts of Europe. In low season, its main business is the fishing industry. In his municipality is located the Rota Naval Base.

Beach located in Rota, Cadiz. Costa de la Luz.
Playa de la Costilla is arguably the busiest beach in Rota, as it is located in the same town and has all kinds of services. Beach with blue flag beach 2015 awarded the Quality Tourism Q 2015.
Its area is 1,300 meters by 50 meters wide. The average occupancy rate is high. urban beach promenade, with blue flag, mainly composed of golden sand. The usual state of the sea is moderate waves.

Moon Castle is a fortress located in the Spanish town of Rota. Declared of Cultural Interest with the category of monument, was built by the house of Arcos, jurisdictional lords of the town for centuries. Currently it is the seat of the municipal council, which is owned. Apparently the name of the castle comes from the marriage of Pedro Ponce de León, eldest son and heir to the ill-fated I Marquess of Cadiz, a daughter of Alvaro de Luna, who also named the Castle of Mairena del Alcor Moon.

Its plan is rectangular, with five towers on the perimeter and articulated around a central courtyard Gothic style, with painted baseboards with Moorish motifs.

It is possible that the castle rises in the same place as the Muslim ribat that existed at the site, known as the descriptions as Rábita Ruta, a name that seems to come from Latin Speculum Rotae. Fernando III conquered the village Muslims in 1251, being re-conquered in 1264 by Alfonso X, after the Moorish uprising of that year.

Guzman el Bueno in 1297, received the Lordship of Sanlucar, territory which included the place of Rota. Therefore, the construction of the castle has been attributed to said noble. However there is no documentary proof of this and style courtyard and staircase is clearly back to the time of Guzman. In 1309, the place of Rota was segregated Manor Sanlúcar as part of the dowry of Isabel Perez de Guzman, daughter of Guzman el Bueno, to marry Fernán Ponce de León, founder of the house of Arcos, past the castle to that lineage, whose weapons include it in several places. During the government of Ponce de Leon, the castle was home of the governor of the town and chapter house until 1750.

In 1909 the Marquis de San Marcial bought it for 15,000 pesetas for use as a summer residence, undertaking major reforms in it. In 1943 José León de Carranza acquired for 200,000 pesetas, conditioning it as College of San Ramon and San Jose Hospital, institutions served by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians Salesian community who donated to roteño town hall, leaving the building in 1982. In 1987, after years of neglect, the council began restoration works were not completed until 1999, when it opened as a consistory.
Source: Wikipedia.

Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Model: NIKON D3100
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 10/25000 sec
F-Stop: f/6.3
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 18 mm
Date Taken: 2015-04-04 12:07
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 278 k

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