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History of Casabermeja

If the rock paintings at Piedras de Cabrera are any indication, Casabermeja history can be traced as far back to prehistoric times. This is consistent with archaeological finds in the area such as the remains in stone burial grounds at Chapera and Cortijo del Hosptial, as well as those in other caves in the Malaga province.

Although other towns in Malaga are known to have Phoenician and Roman origins, e.g. Riogordo, which is about 18 km from Casabermeja, there are no traces of those ancient civilizations here.

What is certain is that the Moors constructed defensive outposts here. This is evident from the remnants of Torre Zambra, located somewhere near the old road connecting Malaga and Casabermeja. The narrow, steep streets of this pueblo blanco is also typical of Arabic villages, so the town of Casabermeja itself may be proof that there was a Moorish settlement here.

After the fall of Malaga, the Catholic King and Queen sent a letter granting villa status to the place. This was confirmed by the Holy Roman Emperor, Carlos I, in 1550. In May 5, 1630, a Royal Decree was issued by King Philip IV granting the local residents the right to buy the Villa.

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