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Travel to Almeria, Spain

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Almeria is one of those cities that have kept andaluziene Moorish heritage. Located on the southeast coast of Spain, in a beautiful bay, Almeria was once a thriving Moorish capital, which rival Granada in its splendor. The city was ruled by many civilizations and has been home to Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs and Christians throughout history.

Evidence of the rich history Almeriei can be found in the city. There are many historical buildings and monuments to visit in Almeria. For example, Almeria has a Moorish castle of the tenth century – Alcazaba – which is probably the best example of Moorish past military building. Built in the tenth century by Abd-erRahman 111, fort dominates the city and offers fabulous views of the surroundings. The building has three rows of massive walls, in the second perimeter being the remains of a mosque turned into a chapel by the Catholic kings. Alcazaba is considered one of the largest forts in Andalusia.

Cathedral of Almeria is also another historical building in Almeria. It is located in the old part of town. Fortified cathedral is being built in the sixteenth century, when the area was attacked by pirates troops from Turkey and North Africa. Santiago Apostol Parish Church is another historic building in Almeria and is located in Calle de las Tiendas. Built in 1559, this church is on the list of national monuments because of its architecture. It is worth mentioning and caves in the Almeria district, Barrio de la Chanca.

City Area: 295 square miles
Altitude: 23 meters
Population: 546,499 in the province (2002), 181,702 in the city (2005)
Density: 615.9/km2

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