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Castillo de Sagunto(Sagunto)

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Its origins date back to an Iberian settlement, later occupied by Romans, Visigoths and Muslims until the Christian conquest by James I in 1238. In it there have been garrisons until the early twentieth century. So there are remains of the different interventions.
The castle is divided into several areas. The eastern part is the Plaza de Tres Castellets, the Plaza de la Conillera, forming these two albacar. In this enclosure are also the Plaza de Almenara in which it is worth mentioning the door that connects this square with the Plaza de Armas. In the central part of the castle is the Plaza de Armas, in it are the remains of the Roman forum and the cistern of the 21 columns. Climbing towards the western part are the Puerta de Mahoma and the Torre de la Moneda (Mint Tower). Next to these is the Puerta de los Estudiantes, which leads to the square of the same name and the Plaza de San Fernando.
In the westernmost part there are two squares and several towers. The Plaza de la Ciudadela and the Plaza del Dos de Mayo. Between them rise the so-called Tower of Hercules, the Tower of Penó and Barrana Tower ending the enclosure, so it has also been called the Espolón.
On the southeastern slope are the remains of the Iberian wall.

The presence of the castle is as old as the origin of the city and the Iberians established their first settlement there (Arse). Traditionally we speak of the Roman castle, referring to the civilization that has most marked this monument and where Saguntum was located. However, there are few remains of Roman origin in the castle and it is a mosaic of cultures and civilizations (Iberians, Romans, Goths, Arabs). The fortress was used by French troops during the War of Independence at the beginning of the 19th century. It is divided into seven independent squares or enclosures: Plaza de Almenara, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Conejera, Plaza de la Ciudadela, Plaza Dos de Mayo, Plaza de San Fernando and Estudiantes. Inside the walls, which extend one kilometer along the mountain, in the Epigraphic Antiquarium you can see part of the most complete and significant epigraphic collection of the Iberian Peninsula. The inscriptions reflect the most outstanding and notable aspects of Saguntine society at different times. Very close to the north side of the walls is the Roman theater.

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