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Dear TE friend

I don't have time to update my new pictures and i decided to publish this one from Spain, taken with my old camera

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Arab castle
The impressive military complex
It still retains remains from the Roman, Visigoth and Arabian eras in its interior. It was built by Abd-al-Rahman II as protection against foreign attacks and internal revolts.
The square based fortress is made up of granite stone ashlars and walls with square redoubts. It was given to the Order of Santiago after the Reconquest, and towers and other Medieval buildings were subsequently added thereby creating a convent and residency. The Roman underground reservoir still remains, with its barrel arch, lying next to the river, constantly filtering the water.

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Badajoz (formerly written Badajos in English), the capital of the Spanish province of Badajoz in the autonomous community of Extremadura, is situated close to the Portuguese border, on the left bank of the river Guadiana, and the Madrid-Lisbon railway. The population in 1990 was 126,781; in 2002 it was 136,851.
Badajoz is the see of a bishop. It occupies a slight eminence, crowned by the ruins of a Moorish castle, and overlooking the Guadiana. A strong wall and bastions, with a broad moat and outworks, and forts on the surrounding heights, give the city an appearance of great strength. The river, which flows between the castle-hill and the powerfully armed fort of San Cristobal, is crossed by a magnificent granite bridge, originally built in 1460, repaired in 1597 and rebuilt in 1833. The whole aspect of Badajoz recalls its stormy history; even the cathedral, built in 1238, resembles a fortress, with massive walls.
The association football team in the city is Club Deportivo Badajoz who plays in Tercera División.

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La Alcazaba de Badajoz está situada en el Cerro de la Muela rodeando la antigua Badajoz de la época musulmana. Tal y como se conserva hoy, fue construida por los almohades en el siglo XII, aunque tiene su origen en la cerca que ya en el siglo IX se construyó al fundar la ciudad. Es la mayor alcazaba de Europa.

El origen de la Alcazaba se encuentra en la fortificación que levantó Ibn Marwan en el Cerro de la Muela al asentarse en Badajoz, en el siglo IX. Se trataba de una cerca de argamasa de barro y ladrillo.
Esta obra fue consolidada en 1030 por Abdallah Ibn el-Aftas (Almanzor I de Badajoz) que la convirtió en una muralla de piedra y cal.
Posteriormente, sobre el 1170, fue definitivamente reparada, fortalecida y ampliada por orden del califa almohade Abu Yaqub Yusuf. En esta obra la Alcazaba adaptaría prácticamente el aspecto que presenta actualmente.
Puerta de la Coraxa o de la Traición: está situada en el sector noroeste de la alcazaba, próxima al río Guadiana. Tradicionalmente se la conoce por ser la puerta donde el rey portugués Alfonso Enríquez intentó huir del rey Fernando II de León en 1169, tras intentar capturar la ciudad, que estaba en manos de regentes musulmanes, feudatarios del rey leonés

Badajoz (do árabe Batalyaws; em português arcaico Badalhouce), capital da província do mesmo nome, é a maior cidade da comunidade autónoma da Extremadura, na Espanha. Localiza-se no sudoeste da Península Ibérica, junto à fronteira com Portugal. O município abrange uma área 1473,20 km² com população de 143135 habitantes (2004) e densidade populacional de 94,44 hab/km².
Foi fundada em 875 pelos mouros e tornou-se na capital do poderoso reino taifa muçulmano de al-Batalyaws. Passou para a soberania de Castela em 1230. Foi ao longo dos séculos prejudicada pelas lutas entre Portugal e Espanha, tendo sido ocupada pelos portugueses em 1386 e quase completamente destruída num cerco em 1705. É hoje um importante centro económico.

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  • Copyright: Aires dos Santos (AiresSantos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6708 W: 209 N: 14053] (56155)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-10-07
  • Camera: Benq DC C1000
  • Exposure: f/2.9, 1/955 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-03-06 23:09
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