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Seron Castle and Viewpoint

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We are in the Castle of Serón, as you can see, this fortress from the Nasrid period is located in the highest part of the village. It offers a wonderful panoramic view of the entire Almanzora Valley, the Sierra de las Estancias and part of the province of Granada. It played an important role in Muslim times due to its defensive character and served as a refuge in the uprising of the Moors. Of the original fortress only a wall and some canvases in its walls remain.

The floor of the Castle is rectangular and of great proportions, in it towers are raised that are reduced as one ascends, remaining in the superior part a small esplanade where it was constructed at the beginning of the XX century a tower of neomudéjar style that housed the mechanism of a clock. Throughout the building, the old walls can be accurately distinguished from those that have been added later as restoration elements. It was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1949. The recent actions have intervened on the recreation of the battlements, the conditioning of the outdoor space and the viewpoint at the top.

The castle was part of the defensive system of the Nasrid kingdom of Granada, along with all the fortresses of the Almanzora Valley. The attacks on the Christians served to fix a defensive line behind Huércal-Overa and Los Vélez. Between 1568 and 1570 the Moorish Rebellion took place and the fortress of Serón, governed by Diego de Mirones, resisted the first Moorish siege, but in 1569 it was besieged by the troops of Aben Humeya who with 5000 followers conquered the castle of Serón and from its interior offered resistance to the Christian troops. Before this situation, the king Felipe II, orders that Don Juan de Austria, takes charge of the supreme command and undertakes, in 1570, the task of conquering the Almanzora, that will arrive with a powerful army composed of 8000 infantrymen, 500 horses and several pieces of artillery, but the fierceness of the Moorish provoked the disbandment of the army and in the retreat was wounded in a shoulder D. Luis Quijada, dying a few days later. The army, under the command of D. Juan de Austria in an impressive military deployment defeated the Moorish armies that fled unchecked towards the mountains. Once Serón was occupied, the camp was set up in the Cerro del Real, next to the river. In the castle was the warden Cristóbal Carrillo with 128 soldiers sent by the Marquis of Villena.

We will now head towards the Historic Center of Serón to learn about the personality of the town, through its evolution over thousands of years. We look forward to seeing you.

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