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It was one of the main elements defining the historic topography of the town’s urban development. Remains of houses and forts going back to Roman Dianium have been excavated on its slopes. Its design dates from the Muslim period between the 11th and 12th centuries. Since then, we can trace different reforms through its architecture. We may point out those from the Almohade period, the construction of the Red Tower and the Council’s Tower in the 15th century, the bastions and other Renaissance systems of defense, including the rebuilding of the Governor’s Palace in the 16th and 17th centuries, sponsored by the Duke of Lerma, Marquis of Dénia. ©Istock/chrisdorney