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The christian conquest of the Muslim ‘Qustantaniya’ mid of the 13Th century, brought about a change in the urbanitation of the territory. The new Christian settlement, the ‘vila vella’ (old village) of Cocentaina, was situated in a central and flat land, and was immediately fortified  to defend against the saracen threat, and also as a means to collect tax of recent arrivals..

Until the 18Th century the wall of Cocentaina formed an irregular square plan developed along more than one kilometre of perimeter bordered by two natural moats: ‘Barranc’ (ravine) ‘del Sord’ in the east, and ‘Barranc’ of Saint Barbara. The walls made in mud-wall technique, had an average height of ten meters and a width of one meter and a half.

The towers were distribute as follows: In the east, north, and west there were six towers; In the south only three, and four were situated in each corner of the wall. The main gates were located in the north, 'La Porta de l'Àngel', in the east, tha 'Porta de Travadell' and in the south el 'Portal Fosc' (Dark gate)

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Cocentaina Castle
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Town wall towers
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