TOUR DE LA MADELOC,a Majorcan watch tower of the 13th century.

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Madeloc tower buit in the 13th century to protect the Roussillon against possible attacks from the north by France and from the south by Aragon,now a television relay station

                                                   The Albères,the foothills of Pyrenees as a natural border between Spain and France were for centuries of strategic importance.The Tour Madeloc ,a watch tower was built in 1285 by James II of Majorca to protect his territory of Roussillon against possible attacks both from the north by the king of France and from the south by his brother Peter of Aragon(Spain).

                                                    Watching the sea,it is located 2100 feet(652 m) above sea level and its guards could signal other towers by means of fire ennemy movements.

The Madeloc watch tower offers stunning views of the lowlands and the coast of Roussillon,view to the north.
This two storey tower with a spiral staircase was done up by Vauban in the 17th century.It is now a TV relay station.On clear days,one get breathtaking views of the sea,plain of Roussillon and mountains.

                                                   It can be easily reached by foot from Collioure and from Banyuls drive the road up past the Carrefour supermarket,past the Cellier des Templiers and follow the signs to a carpark below the tower,a short walk leads to the tower.

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Madeloc tower buit in the 13th cen…
Madeloc tower buit in the 13th ce…
The Madeloc watch tower offers stu…
The Madeloc watch tower offers st…
Banyuls viewed from Madeloc tower …
Banyuls viewed from Madeloc tower…
Madeloc tower from Banyuls
Madeloc tower from Banyuls
Madeloc tower from Banyuls
Madeloc tower from Banyuls
Madeloc tower from Banyuls
Madeloc tower from Banyuls
Madeloc tower
Madeloc tower
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photo by: bernard69