The virtual reconstruction of the andalusian palace of Onda (Castellón): Architecture and Territory


  • Fidel Garrido Carretero Escuela de Estudios Árabes (C.S.I.C.)



Virtual reconstruction, Onda, Islamic architecture, Palace


This paper presents the virtual reconstruction of the Islamic palace of Onda (Castellón), a site where recent excavations have brought to light an important set of structures dating from the 11th century. Its poor state of preservation allowed a fairly complete reading of the palace plan but there was no hard evidence regarding its elevations. In the context of an ongoing study of the site, a virtual reconstruction of the palace was undertaken in order to facilitate the process of trial and error involved in figuring out its original configuration. A method devised to test reconstructive hypotheses on an active archaeological site is presented, followed by a discussion of results that encompasses the architecture and the urban and regional context of the site.


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Author Biography

Fidel Garrido Carretero, Escuela de Estudios Árabes (C.S.I.C.)

Laboratorio de arqueología y arquitectura de la ciudad, Escuela de Estudios Árabes (C.S.I.C.), España.


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How to Cite

Garrido Carretero, F. (2013). The virtual reconstruction of the andalusian palace of Onda (Castellón): Architecture and Territory. Virtual Archaeology Review, 4(9), 35–41.