La Guardia de Jaén Castle
La Guardia de Jaén is located 10 kilometers south of Jaén, enclosed in the east side of San Marcos hill where La Guardia stream flows creating a fertile meadow.
La Guardia castle dominates the whole village and a big area over the valley of river Guadalbullón. It is an important strategic passage that made La Guardia and its castle one of the most important cities of the area in the 11th century.
The castle´s base is an irregular triangle and it is divided into two individual areas: the alcazar and the alcazaba.
On the northeast corner of the enclosure, we can find the Alcázar built in the 15th century and refurbished and adorned on the 16th century. It is guarded by four different towers: one Muslim rounded tower, two squared towers and the keep which has a square base and rises 35 meters in height.
In the interior of the Alcázar there are two wells. One is Muslim and the other Christian.
The fortified Alcazaba enclosure was built during the 13th century. Towers to defend the Alcazaba were unnecessary due to its zig-zag outline. The main fortress entrance was through an enormous late Gothic door built during the 16th century.