Groups of rural development for Jaén province

Torres de Albanchez castle

Torres de Albanchez castle

Municipality: Torres de Albanchez

Regions: Sierra de Segura

Latitude: 38.414567°

Longitude: -2.677338°

Altitude: 832.831 m


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Introduction

Torres de Albanchez is a town located at the base of the Torres Castle hill. The town overlooks the valley formed by the River Onsares, between the Calderón and Picazo mountain ranges.

From the old castle, remains the impressive keep, with a square base and standing 12 metres high, which was built by the Christians during the 15th century. The keep was built in masonry with rounded corners in dressed stones.

The outside enclosure was added during the 15th century to defend the building, and it is made up of a wall and four solid cubes that protect the corners.

 

Historical Data

In the past, Torres de Albanchez was located on a mound near the current town. It was defended by a Muslim fortification called La Yedra Castle.

Don Pelayo Pérez Correa conquered the fortress around 1235. That very same year, King Ferdinand III donated the fortress to the Grand Master of the Order of Santiago Don Pedro González.

After it was added to the Encomienda de Segura de la Sierra, the town was moved to a less precipitous area and a small castle was built there on a rocky promontory, the present-day Torres de Albanchez Castle.

The tower was declared a Building of Cultural Interest in 1985.

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Torres de Albanchez castle

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