The elevator and the castle
Opposite the Postiguet beach in Alicante is a cave that penetrates the depths of Mount Benacantil. It is not a cave to use, rather it is a narrow corridor cut into the rock. Finally there is an elevator that leads us to other times.
At the other end of the lift, 165 meters up, stands the castle of Santa Barbara, a rocky fortress overlooking the bay of Alicante. 'Impregnable' is perhaps the word most commonly used to describe it. But the castle has been the scene of many battles that have not always ended well for its defenders. This bloody past together with its use more as a prison than a palace has fuelled its fame as an enchanted castle. Many have been the lovers of the occult who have spent years studying and analyzing the place, but still more historians have stressed its artistic and historical importance.
The castle consists of three enclosures and hundreds of rooms that could accommodate up to 14,000 men. Today some serve as an exhibition hall, others remain in their original state, and yet others have suffered more over time as is reflected on their walls. These were used as cells during the civil war and you still can read the prisoners’ graffiti there.
From a distance, the castle seems to draw the outline of a face, so the Alicante people have come to call it 'the face of the Moor'. This mysterious face is especially visible from the beach, a place where you can enjoy the city’s two great wonders: the sea and the haunted castle.
Photos: Patronato Municipal de Turismo y Playas de Alicante
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