Montezuma’s Castle

I’m back to my castle-invading shenanigans, this time at Montezuma’s Castle, carved into a desert cliffside by the Sinagua people over five hundred years starting around 700AD. Typical for European explorers in the 1800s, they got both bits of the name wrong: Montezuma (The Aztec) had nothing to do with any of this, and it’s not actually a castle so much as very ingenious living arrangement for a small tribe who needed protection and shade. It’s a pretty spectacular location for an ancient apartment building – it almost looks like it ought to have been full of modernist furniture and an early American martini bar.