Seville will restore 12th century walls built by Muslims

World 04 Jun 2020 Contributor
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Seville is due to start a renovation project dedicated to the reconstruction of city walls built by Muslims to fend off Christian conquerors.

The project will begin within a number of weeks. It will focus its attention on the stretch between Córdoba Gate and Macarena Gate.  Known as the ‘Macarena wall’. This stretch is 540 metres long and neglected for years. Following widespread petitions and powerful support from Juan Espadas, the mayor of Seville. They will restore the wall.

The existing structure was built by the Almoravid dynasty. Actually, this was in a bid to offer protection against Christian forces seeking to take over the Iberian peninsula.

The Almohad Caliphate ousted Almoravids. This was a Berber Muslim movement from North Africa which seized Morocco in 1147. Also conquered Iberia in its entirety by 1172. It was under their rule that the Giralda Tower was built.

In 1248, Seville would fall into the hands of Ferdinand III of Castille.

Antonio Muñoz, the councillor tasked with culture, has expressed hope. Moreover, he said that the wall would someday be open to visitors as “a cherished part of the Macarena district’s identity”.