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GAME OF
THRONES
FORTRESSES OF
THE REGION
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What would happen if the North was located in the Altiplano? And what if the Tumbledown Tower had not fallen down and it was still standing in the City of the Sun? Can you imagine the children of the forest living in the hills of Sierra Espuña, or the Valyrian Steel being forged in the Region's mines? What if you found out that actually the Iron Throne belonged to a king called "The Wise"?

The Region of Murcia is full of unique legends. A Game of Thrones took place here too, giving rise to many stories of heroes, divided kingdoms and unconquerable fortresses. Do you want to hear more about it?

BORDER KINGDOMS

Lorca Castle, with its impressive Alfonsina Tower, Moratalla Castle, built in the 9th century in order to protect Al-Andalus and rebuilt by the Santiago Order in the 15th century, and Jumilla Castle, which was erected over successive Iberian, Roman and Muslim fortifications, stand out in our Region due to their importance and their excellent level of conservation.

Mention must also be made to the Caravaca Sanctuary, from the Muslim period and afterwards taken over by the Templars and the Knights of Santiago, where legend has it that a Moorish king witnessed the descent from heaven of two angels carrying the Vera Cruz -Holy True Cross ...; and lastly, Nogalte Castle in Puerto Lumbreras is a fully rebuilt castle erected by the Muslims in the 12th Century in order to control all the goods sailing up the river Guadalentín and to protect all the surrounding rural towns.
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KINGDOMS OF THE VALLEY

The last Moorish bastion in the Iberian Peninsula, el Valle de Ricote -Ricote Valley-, can still hold a few surprises for its visitors, from the ruins of Peñacascales Castle in Ricote, to Blanca Castle or the fortified barn of Andarrax. Outside the Valley, located in Cerro del Castillo -Castle hill- in the city of Cieza, you can visit the deserted Arabic village Medina Siyasa, the most important Islamic site in Western Europe.
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KINGDOM OF THE SEA

This kingdom lies throughout the coast of Murcia, from the towns of the Mar Menor to the Mediterranean coastal strip of Cartagena, Mazarrón and Águilas. Originally, the task of many of these castles and lookout fortresses was to safeguard the fishers and villagers of neighbouring villages from the attacks of the fearsome Barbary pirates.

In the area of the Mar Menor, a few towers are still standing, such as the Negro y Rame Tower in Los Alcázares. The origin of the town's name is Arabic, al-Kazar, and it actually means castle or fortress.

In Mazarrón there are also many points of interest such as the Horses Tower -Torre de los Caballos-, the Molinete Tower, Los Vélez Castle and Carlentín Castle; and in Águilas make sure you don't miss the ancient Tébar and Chuecos castles, the Cope Tower and the famous San Juan de las Águilas Castle.

Likewise, Cartagena counts on defensive buildings from every era, ranging from Santa Elena Tower in Azohía and el Fuerte de Navidad -the Christmas Fortress-, both built in the 16th and 17th century, to more modern but still legendary sites, such as San Julián Castle, Castillitos, La Concepción Castle, Galeras, Atalaya, Roldán and Batería de las Cenizas, among many others.
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KINGDOM OF THE WOODS

The majestic Calahorra Tower in Aledo, the Alhama Tower and Pliego Castle are three astounding buildings which were conquered both by the Muslims and the Christians, and they were used in order to guarantee the safety and shelter of the people living in the area. On the other hand, Fajardo Castle in Mula was commissioned by the Marquis of Los Vélez and is one of the best-preserved castles in the whole Region, formerly used to protect the Marquis and his House from any threats of the population against his estate.
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