’Albarracín and its castle.’
Albarracín is a beautifully preserved medieval town in the canyon of the Guadalaviar river in the southwest of Teruel province. Its castle (visible in the background) is a Moorish fort (alcazaba) of the 10th century, built during the caliphate of Córdoba. In the 11th century the town became the capital of a taifa, an independent Muslim state ruled by the Banu Razin dynasty, whose family name would lend the town its name (Sahla Banu Razin). From 1170 till 1285 it was the capital of the small independent Christian kingdom of the Azagra family. Its medieval cathedral was remodeled in the 16th and 18th centuries. Photo Mick Palarczyk.