Castillejo de Monteagudo (MEGT)
Monteagudo, Spain
Torres Balbás identified al-Qasr Ibn Sa‘d with the Castillejo de Monteagudo. This palace was probably built during the reign of Ibn Mardanish (1147–1172). The courtyard had a cross-shaped garden with two square ponds at the ends of the main axis, first erroneously identified as pavilions. The archaeological remains studied by Navarro Palazón and Jiménez Castillo, including a vast pool measuring 161 m by 136 m (mentioned in 1450 in Christian documents), irrigation acequias, an enclosed orchard, an aqueduct, etc., show that the palace was located within an important estate. Another palace known as Larache (al-Hisn al-Faradj) is located 500 m from the Castillejo.
The palace was destroyed by the Almohads, who conquered Murcia in 1172 and devastated the surrounding vega.
Source: Court Chronicle, 12th century | Archaeological Analysis, 1924

-Antonio Almagro, Luis Ramón-Laca


El Castillejo de Monteagudo: Qasr ibn-Sa’d (Open in Zotero)

Originally published at: Almagro, Antonio, and Luis Ramón-Laca. “Castillejo de Monteagudo.” Middle East Garden Traditions. Dumbarton Oaks, November 18, 2014. Archived at:

24 Diseminado Constitucion, Monteagudo, Spain
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Dates of attested life: 1147/1165- 1172
Date of entry of information: April 2007
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