alcázar and El Alcázar
A dictionary of Spanish history and culture
Alcázar A Moorish fortified palace, the most famous of which is the much modified Alcázar de Sevilla.
El Alcázar was also the name of a now-defunct fascist newspaper, aligned with Fuerza Nueva and army extremists. It was implicated in the 1981 attempted coup (Printing coded messages and the day before publishing a photos of parliament captioned ‘Everything ready for Monday’s Action’)
The newspaper’s name was in illusion to the resistance of the Nationalist-occupied Alcázar de Toledo to a 10-week Republican siege and bombardment during the Civil War in 1936. The Franco regime completely re-built the fortress after the war as a monument to its defenders.
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