The castle is located on the top of a hill.This fortress is very well preserved.The archaeological remains found belong to the Islamic period.After the foundation of the town of Murcia (825), as well as serving as a fortress, it was also a prison and grain store for peasants having huge underground reservoirs so that the garrison could hold out for long periods of time.Its wall is made of solid stretches of wall mortar, the plan adapts to the topology of the terrain, spreading across two terraces located on different heights.To the south flank several underground reservoirs can be found along with grain stores and other rooms.The castle did not loose its strategic function during the Christian conquest rather it formed part of the Castilian Crown.After the constitution of the Kingdom of Murcia, it was converted into a border castle between the kingdoms of Aragon and Castile and it performed this function until the 15th century.
This Castle was built by the Arabs between the eleventh and twelfth centuries. It was, above all,a strong defense, because for many years, Murcia, was a border city during the Reconquista.During the late Middle Ages, the fortress passed into the hands of Christians kings, for example, Alfonso X "El Sabio" and James II.
Above the castle, and culminating in the summit, is the Heart of Jesus Christ. This sculpture is from 1951 and measures 14 meters and replaces an earlier one (10 meters high) that was demolished in 1936 by Republicans.
This mountain has Argaric vestiges of the era (2000 BC) and signs of a Roman presence. At the moment they are building a interpretive center of Argaric culture where you will be able to see the remains found.
Currently, the climb to the castle is dangerous (but you can go up), but after construction of the center, the climb to the top will be alot safer.
It is worth climbing to enjoy the views of the valley of Murcia.
Monteagudo is a small village with a very big statue!! You can walk through the narrow streets of the village which has just over 2,000 inhabitants up to the base of the statue. From here you get a great view out, over the roof tops of the village and down the valley towards the city of Murcia, and the El Valle and Carrascoy Regional Park.
During the 11th century, when the area was under Moorish rule an Islamic castle was built on the rock to help guard the fertile plains of Murcia. When the Moors were expelled the castle and the inhabitants were converted to Christianity. In order to celebrate this, the ‘Christ the Redeemer’ style statue was placed on top of the ruins of the castle in 1926. However it was destroyed during the Spanish civil war, and the one that you can see today was erected in 1951.
The Castle of Monteagudo is situated on the top of a hill near the town of Monteagudo, 5 kilometers from the city of Murcia and 10 kilometers from Orihuela. It constitutes one of the most impressive and well-preserved fortifications in the region of Murcia.