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Castillo de Mogente(Moixent)

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On a small promontory located to the southeast of the town is the castle. It is well defended by the topography on its north side, with a moat on the east side and, on the other two sides, the albacar wall from where the walls that protected the village with its corresponding cubes for the defense of the accesses started.

There is no documentary evidence of its construction, although the castle and the town are repeatedly mentioned in Christian documentation after the conquest of the territory by Jaime I.
There is also evidence of the existence of a Bronze Age settlement in the vicinity of the albacar of the castle. The set responds to a frequent typology: defensive walls for the hamlet and, outside them in an elevated position the castle, with its annexed albacar. In this way, the Castilians defended themselves from both external threats and internal revolutions. The complex is completed by the tower known today as dels Coloms, on a cliff to the south of the castle, which, like a watchtower, watches over the Bosquet ravine.

Its remains, deteriorated, do not allow an easy reading of the whole. The surviving structures are made of three types of rammed earth:

- Tapia stone, in the walls of the castle and in the bases of the towers of the wall. Although it has lost much of its surface crust, it still retains its cyclopean concrete core in which the characteristic needles of its construction process are still marked.
- Tapia of earth calicostrada in the superior part of the towers of the wall. Its preservation has been possible due to the good quality of its construction of thin layers and a large amount of lime mortar.
- Tapia of calicostrada earth with a smaller amount of lime in the walls, so the few remains that are preserved are very degraded.

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