Espantaperros Tower of Badajoz
Espantaperros Tower, also called Atalaya Tower, is the most important of the flanking towers (defensive towers together with the wall across a small bridge that could be destroyed if the enemy would take the tower) of the Alcazaba and one of the symbols of the city of Badajoz.
It is believed that its name (Espantaperros means 'to scare away dogs') comes from the sound the crowning tower bell produced.
It was built by the Arabs in the twelfth century and has a height of 30 meters. The Espantaperros Tower is octagonal with three bodies. The tower is topped with a square temple which is an added Mudejar of the sixteenth century.
Espantaperros Tower is an antecedent of the famous Seville Torre del Oro built a century later.