Groups of rural development for Jaén province

Dark towers

Dark towers

Municipality: Torreperogil

Regions: La Loma y Las Villas

Latitude: 38.032405°

Longitude: -3.287407°

Altitude: 746.549 m


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Introduction

Torreperogil is located on the south of La Loma de Úbeda, next to the rivers Guadalimar and Guadalquivir, seven kilometres away from Úbeda.

Its name comes from Don Pero Gil Zatico, a Christian knight.

Torreperogil used to have a medieval fortress, but these days we only see the Torres Oscuras (Dark Towers), as they are commonly known.

 

Description

They are two towers, one of them with a square base and the other one with an octagonal base, and two superimposed bedchambers.

 

Historical Data

All the records show that the Dark Towers Castle dates back to the Christian period, around the 13th century, during the times of Pero Gil Zatico.

The castle was used as home for the aristocracy but, during the first half of the 17th century, it was taken by the Town Hall and eventually it became a cemetery.

Two hundred years later, the council authorised the demolition of one of the towers and some time later, two towers were restored as municipal buildings.

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Location

Project funded by:

European Union Feder Funds Junta de Andalucía

Project coordinated by:

Association for Rural Development for the District of El Condado de Jaén Association for Rural Development of Sierra Sur de Jaén Group for Rural Development of Sierra de Segura Association for Rural Development of Sierra Mágina Association for Socioeconomic Development of La Loma y Las Villas Association for Rural Development of Campiña Norte de Jaén Association for Rural Development of Sierra de Cazorla
Castillos y Fortalezas de la Provincia de Jaén