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Looming over the village of La Calahorra and the plateau of the Marquesado in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada is one of Andalucia's most emblematic and unusual fortresses, the haunting Castillo de La Calahorra. One of the first Italian Renaissance castles outside Italy and the first in Andalucia displaying these architectural features, it was constructed between 1509 and 1512 on the site of a former Moorish fortification.

Its towers resembling four huge, squat pepperpots, it stands on a small knoll jutting up from the plain at the foot of the towering sierra. Given its somewhat featureless but forbidding exterior, the inside has some surprisingly lavish features including a beautiful Renaissance colonnaded courtyard delicately crafted from marble. The earth surrounding the castle has a characteristic reddish colour due to the presence of iron ore within it.

(Taken from www.andalucia.com)

I took this on my way back from a trip high up in the Sierra Nevada mountains, the mountains you see in the distance is where I drove from and the storm you see brewing was chasing me all the way down with lightning & thunder.

Comments/Critiques are very welcome.
TFL

Russ

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