One of the most famous towers of Alcazaba of Badajoz is the Torre Espantaperros (Scare-Dogs Tower) - it is a symbol of the city

One of the most famous towers of Alcazaba of Badajoz is the Torre Espantaperros (Scare-Dogs Tower) - it is a symbol of the city

This tower stands on the southern end of the alcazaba and it is built 20 meters away from the main wall

This tower stands on the southern end of the alcazaba and it is built 20 meters away from the main wall

One of the main reasons to build this tall tower was to watch the progress of the enemy troops

One of the main reasons to build this tall tower was to watch the progress of the enemy troops

Torre de Espantaperros was built in 1169 by the Muslims - a 16th century Mudéjar bell tower was added to this tower  by the Christians

Torre de Espantaperros was built in 1169 by the Muslims - a 16th century Mudéjar bell tower was added to this tower by the Christians

Most of the tower is solid, except for its two upper floors, comprising two annular vaulted chambers

Most of the tower is solid, except for its two upper floors, comprising two annular vaulted chambers

Rammed earth was used to build this tower and it is typical of the Almohad architectural style, polygonal and preferably octagonal

Rammed earth was used to build this tower and it is typical of the Almohad architectural style, polygonal and preferably octagonal

A stork nest seen from the walls of alcazaba

A stork nest seen from the walls of alcazaba

Badajoz seen from the ramparts of alcazaba

Badajoz seen from the ramparts of alcazaba

There is a small gate at the entrance to the path which leads to door of the Torre de Espantaperros but it was closed

There is a small gate at the entrance to the path which leads to door of the Torre de Espantaperros but it was closed

The old name of this tower was  'Watch Tower' but later Christians changed its name to Torre de Espantaperros

The old name of this tower was 'Watch Tower' but later Christians changed its name to Torre de Espantaperros

When bells were added to this tower they will make very strong sound to remind the Christians of their belief

When bells were added to this tower they will make very strong sound to remind the Christians of their belief

This loud sound was frightening the unbelievers (Muslims) whom they were called dogs by the conquerors (Christians)

This loud sound was frightening the unbelievers (Muslims) whom they were called dogs by the conquerors (Christians)

These towers next to the Torre de Espantaperros are almost in line whereas main tower is connected with a bridge like wall

These towers next to the Torre de Espantaperros are almost in line whereas main tower is connected with a bridge like wall

Torre de Espantaperros seen among the other towers in the defensive wall of alcazaba

Torre de Espantaperros seen among the other towers in the defensive wall of alcazaba

Top of the bell tower can be seen in this photo - this tower is a ghostly reminder of the Muslim past in Badajazo and the power struggle which started after that

Top of the bell tower can be seen in this photo - this tower is a ghostly reminder of the Muslim past in Badajazo and the power struggle which started after that

A small square (plazuela) is named to honour the founder of this city, Ibn Marwan

A small square (plazuela) is named to honour the founder of this city, Ibn Marwan

This building belongs to the University of Extremadura - at the back of this university lies the Biblioteca de Extremadura (Library of Extremadura)

This building belongs to the University of Extremadura - at the back of this university lies the Biblioteca de Extremadura (Library of Extremadura)

To the opposite side of the university building, there are few old towers and next to them is the Archaeological Museum of Badajoz

To the opposite side of the university building, there are few old towers and next to them is the Archaeological Museum of Badajoz

Some of the remains of the San Pedro Barracks

Some of the remains of the San Pedro Barracks

During the outbreak of the Portuguese Restoration War in 1640, the San Pedro Barracks were established here

During the outbreak of the Portuguese Restoration War in 1640, the San Pedro Barracks were established here

Medieval houses were turned into artillery stores and in the 18th century it served as the barracks of the Extremadura Infantry Regiment

Medieval houses were turned into artillery stores and in the 18th century it served as the barracks of the Extremadura Infantry Regiment

These barracks were damaged during the Peninsular War in the early 19th century

These barracks were damaged during the Peninsular War in the early 19th century

San Pedro Barracks were named after a chapel which existed here with the same name

San Pedro Barracks were named after a chapel which existed here with the same name

An open area in front of the Archaeological Museum of Badajoz

An open area in front of the Archaeological Museum of Badajoz

A paved path leading to the Capital Gate, it is one of the three gates from the Islamic period which have survived to this day

A paved path leading to the Capital Gate, it is one of the three gates from the Islamic period which have survived to this day

This path comes from the Palace of the Counts of La Roca side or passes beside the walls of the citadel

This path comes from the Palace of the Counts of La Roca side or passes beside the walls of the citadel

Steps between the walls lead to the main arch of the gate

Steps between the walls lead to the main arch of the gate

This gate was one of the main gates of the citadel which would connect the medina to the military compound (the qasba)

This gate was one of the main gates of the citadel which would connect the medina to the military compound (the qasba)

This is the arch of the Capital Gate which would bring visitors inside the alcazaba

This is the arch of the Capital Gate which would bring visitors inside the alcazaba

The Almohads enlarged the walls of alcazaba and during this enlargement they replaced the earlier gate with the current one

The Almohads enlarged the walls of alcazaba and during this enlargement they replaced the earlier gate with the current one

This arch like structure is built on the left side, when coming out from the alcazaba through this door

This arch like structure is built on the left side, when coming out from the alcazaba through this door

Looking back at the path leading to the Capital Gate, through the inner arch of the door

Looking back at the path leading to the Capital Gate, through the inner arch of the door

This is the second arch of the Capital Gate, seen from inside the main body of the gate

This is the second arch of the Capital Gate, seen from inside the main body of the gate

A the top of this arch, a capital can be seen - this capital was brought from the forum of Augusta Emerita (Merida)

A the top of this arch, a capital can be seen - this capital was brought from the forum of Augusta Emerita (Merida)

Due to the capital placed at the top of the door, the name was given to this gate as the 'Capital Gate'

Due to the capital placed at the top of the door, the name was given to this gate as the 'Capital Gate'

Looking at the object placed in the middle of the wall which looks bit out of place - maybe it was also brought from another place

Looking at the object placed in the middle of the wall which looks bit out of place - maybe it was also brought from another place

Looking at the gate which opens out to the San Jose Plaza

Looking at the gate which opens out to the San Jose Plaza

This passage between the inner and outer gates is protected by high walls

This passage between the inner and outer gates is protected by high walls

This gate sits in the San Jose Plaza, at the top of the gate (below the arch) something is written in the Roman language

This gate sits in the San Jose Plaza, at the top of the gate (below the arch) something is written in the Roman language

Walls of the Alcazaba of Badajoz, seen from the San Jose Plaza

Walls of the Alcazaba of Badajoz, seen from the San Jose Plaza

Torre de Espantaperros, see from the Plaza Alta

Torre de Espantaperros, see from the Plaza Alta

A closer look at the exterior of this magnificent tower

A closer look at the exterior of this magnificent tower

Here, Torre de Espantaperros can be seen in the middle - to the left is Plaza Alta and to the right is Jardines de la Galera

Here, Torre de Espantaperros can be seen in the middle - to the left is Plaza Alta and to the right is Jardines de la Galera

After wondering around in the city, I came back to the alcazaba once more

After wondering around in the city, I came back to the alcazaba once more

A saw a newly married couple getting their photos taken by a photographer

A saw a newly married couple getting their photos taken by a photographer

A closer look at the couple, who were ready for their next shot

A closer look at the couple, who were ready for their next shot

Walking downhill, next to the ruins of the church

Walking downhill, next to the ruins of the church

On this small slope, trees were planted o add greenery to this historical site

On this small slope, trees were planted o add greenery to this historical site

Some of the young trees which were planted on the slopes of the hill in the middle of alcazaba

Some of the young trees which were planted on the slopes of the hill in the middle of alcazaba

This structure sits next to the Puerta del Alpéndiz - the access to the site was prohibited due to ongoing work

This structure sits next to the Puerta del Alpéndiz - the access to the site was prohibited due to ongoing work

Some of the old ruins recovered which at one point were buried under the earth

Some of the old ruins recovered which at one point were buried under the earth

This section of the defensive wall was filled with earth so artillery can be placed at the top

This section of the defensive wall was filled with earth so artillery can be placed at the top

A newly constructed wall of the alcazaba is built with cement which is no way closer to the real thing

A newly constructed wall of the alcazaba is built with cement which is no way closer to the real thing