Alcázars in Spain

An Alcázar is a type of Spanish fortress or palace that has its origins in the Middle Ages, particularly during the period when the Iberian Peninsula was under Muslim rule. The word “Alcázar” itself derives from the Arabic word “al-qasr,” meaning “the castle” or “the fortress.” These structures were typically built by the Moors as fortified palaces for Muslim rulers and were often lavishly decorated, reflecting the rich architectural styles of Islamic art and design.