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The new Interpretive Center of The Castle of Guzmán el Bueno in Tarifa

The Castillo de Guzmán el Bueno Tarifa opens an Interpretive Center, a service through which visitors to this fortress can understand better its history, its evolution and the manners and customs of its people since it was built by the Omeya.

The discourse museum, already in service, explains the functions and development of strength in their thousand years of history: its origin, its connection to the Strait, its defensive function, the conflict between Omeyas and Fatimíes, the figure of Alonso Perez Guzman, discovered in recent archaeological excavations, the influence of the noble houses, etc.

This is one of the most characteristic monuments around the Strait of Gibraltar. While there have been found some remains of Roman structures, the building is the work of Caliphate. From the time of its construction it has been exercising military functions related to its strategic position at the southern of the Iberian Peninsula and the Strait of Gibraltar.

The castle is named Guzman el Bueno, nicknamed Alfonso Perez de Guzman (1256-1309), Lord of Sanlucar de Barrameda, military and noble Leon, founder of the house of Medina Sidonia, formed by his descendants through the male line.

In 1294, King Sancho IV de Castilla resorted to Guzmán for the defense of Tarifa, place threatened by the infant Don Juan, brother of the king, with the help of the Meriníes and nazaritas. There it happened the famous heroic defense of Tarifa, with the death of the innocent younger son of Guzman, who has become a legend.

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