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Castell Minor | Xativa

Located on the steep wall of Penya Roja and facing east, it is the oldest part of the castle, of Iberian and Roman origin.

It is said that Himilce had a son here by the Carthaginian general Hannibal in 218 BC. Himilce was the daughter of King Mucro of Castulus, who was given in marriage in the third century BC to the Carthaginian general Hannibal to seal the alliance between Orretany and Carthage at the beginning of the Second Punic War.

From its strategic position it was possible to control the Vía Augusta, this castle was witness to the campaigns of Hannibal, and of the Romans, Scipio and Sertorius.

The main square is the castle's central courtyard, from which the Castell Menor and Castell Major can be accessed. There is also a neo-Gothic residence from the late 20th century.

The castle is an extraordinary viewpoint that offers visitors fabulous  and impressive views over the city.

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