Zahara de la Sierra
|Zahara de la Sierra municipality|
|coat of arms||Map of Spain|
|Autonomous Community :||Andalusia|
|Comarca :||Sierra de Cadiz|
|Area :||72.48 km²|
|Residents :||1,387 (Jan 1, 2019)|
|Population density :||19.14 inhabitants / km²|
|Municipality number ( INE ):||11042|
|Location of the municipality|
The village was founded by the Arabs in the 8th century and was an important city during the Moors. The name of the place is of Arabic origin and can be derived from Ṣaḫra (to do ), 'rock'. The suffix de la Sierra to differentiate Zahara from Zahara de los Atunes , also located in the province of Cádiz.
In 1483 Zahara was captured by the Christians , who opened the way to Ronda and thus to Granada . The remains of a Moorish castle from the 12th century tower over the place on a rock and offer a fantastic view over the surrounding area and the reservoir of Zahara.
The lion on the tower, depicted in the coat of arms, commemorates the conquest of the castle by the Marquis of Cádiz, Rodrigo Ponce de León.
- Remains of the Moorish castle and keep with a square floor plan
- Clock tower (Torre del Reloj) from the 16th century
- Santa María de la Mesa church; built in the 17th century in baroque style
The Feast of Corpus Christi (Spanish: Corpus Cristi ) is the annual highlight of village life when the processions take place along the flower-covered streets of the village.
- Cifras oficiales de población resultantes de la revisión del Padrón municipal a 1 de enero . Population statistics from the Instituto Nacional de Estadística (population update).