Castles in Spain became a major mode of fortifications in the Middle Ages when the Christian kingdoms had to face the Muslim threat.
So the primary purpose of the castle at that time and until late medieval centuries was to serve military purposes.
However, when the Muslim threat had been warded off following the Reconquista, castles turned into personal residences of noblemen and lost their military purpose for the most part.
A notable feature of Spanish castles is the presence of castles built by Muslim conquerors who created some of the most magnificent architecture during their brief rule, including Alhambra Palace of Granada.
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Loarre castle is located in Loarre, Spain. It was constructed sometime around the 12th century as a solid fortress.
Since Loarre was on the borders between Muslim and Christian lands, Loarre castle was meant to supply military purposes which is reflected in its architecture.
The original architecture included three huge towers, a main tower and a chapel.
An outermost wall with another eight towers was constructed around the 14th century which greatly augmented the overall defense of the castle.
The castle fell into disrepair towards the 17th century but remained fairly well preserved due to its solid structure.
Loarre castle was meant to supply military purposes which is reflected in its architecture