Groups of rural development for Jaén province

Cascante tower

Cascante tower

Municipality: Alcalá la Real

Regions: Sierra Sur de Jaén

Latitude: 37.456137°

Longitude: -3.900666°

Altitude: 936.409 m


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Description

At the end of the 15th century, due to its strategic military location near the border of Granada, La Mota fortress was surrounded by an important number of watch towers. The watch towers were built at a distance that allowed them to be seen by the next in line. Soldiers sent messages from one to another. These towers are located between three and eight kilometers from the fortress. The distance between the towers is between one and two kilometers.

Nowadays, twelve of the fifteen watch towers remain. One of them was built by the Muslims to connect Alcalá with Granada territory. The Christians built the towers to the north. One of those built by the Christians is the Tower of Cascante. It is located to the Southeast of Alcalá la Real, on the Cascante hill, a strategic place on the Camino los Frailes.

It is a 13 m. high cylindrical ashlar tower. It has a cone-shaped reinforcement in its base which makes its perimeter slightly longer than other surrounding towers.

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Project funded by:

European Union Feder Funds Junta de Andalucía

Project coordinated by:

Association for Rural Development for the District of El Condado de Jaén Association for Rural Development of Sierra Sur de Jaén Group for Rural Development of Sierra de Segura Association for Rural Development of Sierra Mágina Association for Socioeconomic Development of La Loma y Las Villas Association for Rural Development of Campiña Norte de Jaén Association for Rural Development of Sierra de Cazorla
Castillos y Fortalezas de la Provincia de Jaén