’Symbols protecting Gormaz Castle from evil spirits.’
At Gormaz Castle (Soria province), built in the 9th century and reinforced in 965 by Caliph Al-Hakam II of Córdoba to defend Moorish territory from Christian attacks, the part of the outer wall that faces sunset is decorated with three stones showing six pointed stars, flowers and knot motifs. They were meant to ward of evil spirits that would manifest themselves after sunset. Behind this stretch of wall, inside of the castle, were the stables so that if some malign spirits managed to penetrate the castle they would remain trapped between the legs of animals! Photo Mick Palarczyk.