Xivert castle

Located high in the mountains, overlooking the plain and the sea.

Xivert Castle is situated in the highest part of the mountain, dominating the plain and the sea. The peak, where the Castle stands, was occupied by people from at least the XIV ­ XIII century AD until the beginning of the XVII century AD. Throughout these two thousand years, with some time lapses, the way that the space was used varied depending on historical developments. In other words, the structure, functionality and character differed depending on each historical period.

There are two very different parts which have been conserved: the Arabic and the Christian. The first, comprises of a building which is enclosed by an exterior wall, a construction from the X ­ XI centuries, with some outstanding parts of wall, with merlons at the top, entered by the Albácar door. Inside, there are still some examples of domestic muslim architecture.

The Arabic inscription on the S-W wall ?for the reunion with God?, is very interesting. The Templar fortress is in the highest part, and once had a chapel, spacious rooms, stables?as well as various towers. The south part is excellent, with its circular stone towers and wall, and cistern providing the castle, with its lowered vault.