Wednesday, 11th December 2019
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Mojácar Almería

Mojácar, on the Almerían East Coast, is a very beautiful village and many aspects of its architecture suggest a different era and even a different culture; its wealth of charming and attractive sceneries and beaches deserves to be seen and enjoyed.

PROVINCE: Almería
HEIGHT ABOVE SEA LEVEL: 172 m
EXTENDS OVER: 74 km2
Nº OF INHABITANTS: 4.525
INHABITANTS CALLED: Mojaqueros
POSTAL CODE: 04638

History
The ancient centre of the pueblo was on a hill near the sea, Mojácar la Vieja. Historically it used to be the old town of Meschech o Mastia and it equally attracted the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians and the Romans.

In early VIII century it was part of the house of Tumir. Later it gave and maintained its allegiance to the Caliphate of Córdoba; when the latter was dissolved, it was then conquered by the Sultan of Seville Al-Mutamid. During this period it also served as a frontier point between the Kingdom of Granada and Murcia.

It is said that on the 10th of June 1488, the Catholic Kings sent Captain Garcilasco de la Vega to speak with the Mayor of Mosaqar Alabez to make him see that they were both of the same land and that they should treat each other as brothers not enemies. This was readily accepted with the result that Moors and Christians learned to live with each other.


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The town's symbol, the two-headed eagle, has now also become the symbol for the whole of Almería.
Since the 60's it has also become a tourist attraction for its musicians, painters and artists in general. Yet, it has managed to maintain its Arabic flavour and characteristics.

Buildings of interest

  • Iglesia de Santa María, XVI & XIX. A temple and fortress in Renaissance style.
  • Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, XVIII & XIX centuries. Neoclassic style.
  • The City Gate, XV century. The last remains of the XV century wall that surrounded the town.
  • Fuente Mora, XIX-XX century.
  • Castillo de Macenas, XVIII century, built on the beach.
  • Castillo de Mojácar, XV century.
  • Torreón. The remains of the original Arab wall that surrounded the town.

Fiestas

  • Romería San Isidro, 15th May.
  • Fiestas de Moros y Cristianos in June, staging a sea landing of troops. This is to celebrate the peaceful surrender of the Town's keys to the Catholic Kings on the 10th June 1488.
  • The 28th August is the Fiesta of the Patron Saint Agustin.
  • Local competitions and Fire works are the order of the day.
  • San Juan is celebrated on the 24th June on the beach.
  • And the festival de la Virgen del Rosario is on the 7th October.



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