On my way back from taking the forgotten places event
back in June 2010 I met Pascual Martinez, a local hiker who told me about some historic castle ruins on top of a nearby hill, El Castellar de la Morera. These were completely unknown to me at that time and he was then very kind to walk me there and show me the place. I have, since then, done some research about it and wanted to go back to this quiet and beautiful location to admire the morning lights and try documenting this site in 360º.
This pano has then been captured at El Castellar d'Elx. The spanish word 'castellar' is defined as 'a plot where there is or there was a castle'. In this particular case this plot is located at a hill in Elche´s Sierra.
On the top of this hill you can find the remains of and ancient fortified settlement with roots that go back to prehistoric times. This archaeological site is also thought to be the ruins of the arabic IX century medina of Al-'Askar, a word meaning 'the camp'.
The study of this site, which is currently under development, could also help shedding some light on the origins of the nearby medieval city of Ils, to be latter known as Elx (Elche).
"El Castellar d'Elx: l'origen de la ciutat medieval" Temporary expo at MAHE -Museum of Archaeology and History of Elche. 1st October 2010 - 20th March 2011