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The site of an old Arabic fortress and the church of La Villa, El Centinela is perched high on a rocky outcrop from where spectacular views of Montefrio can be enjoyed.
The fortress was built in 1352 under the rule of Yusuf I, King of Granada. It is believed to have been designed by the same architect who was in charge of the Alhambra. For several years it was used by Prince Aben Ishmial III as his residence until he became King of Granada under the title of Yusuf V. In 1486 Montefrio was conquered by the Catholics and under orders the fortress was demolished and a church was erected over the site as a symbol of the Christian triumph over the Arabs and a few ruined walls of the old fortress are all that now remain.
The church of La Villa was designed and built by the architect Diego de Siloe during the 16th Century in the Gothic-Renaissance style. Recently declared a National Monument the structure now houses the Interactive Museum of the Last Frontier of Al-Andalus.
For further info and opening hours call the number given or contact the Montefrio Tourist Office.