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Castillo de Mariñén(Benifairó de la Valldigna)

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The castle of Marinyén, also known as d'Alfàndec and the Mora Queen, by the popular legend forged in the time of the Mudejars of a queen who jumped into the void with her son in her arms from one of the windows of the fortress. Legend has it that the queen died, but her son managed to survive his mother's feat.
The castle served defensive functions, as a refuge for Cistercian monks during the Moorish revolts and as an occasional prison until it was abandoned at the beginning of the 17th century, after the expulsion of the Moors.
Of Arab origin, it took advantage of the complicated orography to install an irregular polygonal enclosure that extended over the entire summit. Currently in ruins, this majestic castle preserves some gates (that of the albacara), part of its walls and remains of the keep, outbuildings and cisterns.
Despite its small size, this fortress housed a Gothic Cistercian chapel from the 14th-15th centuries, covered with a ribbed vault. The castle can be accessed by car through an orchard road that brings us to the foot of the mountain, where a well-drawn path leads us to the enclosure.

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