Groups of rural development for Jaén province

Medieval towers

Medieval towers

Municipality: Peal de Becerro

Regions: Sierra de Cazorla

Latitude: 37.911733°

Longitude: -3.127598°

Altitude: 558.327 m


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Introduction

Peal de Becerro is a natural gate to Sierra de Cazorla. It is located 10 kilometers northeast of Quesada, on one of the minor branches of the road to Guadalquivir.

The old medieval castle of Peal de Becerro was located on a 560m hill. The remains found today consist of two towers: La Torre del Reloj (Clock Tower) and La Torre Mocha (Dull Tower).

 

Description

La Torre Mocha is less elegant than the Torre del Reloj. It is made of ashlar and stonework and its corners are strengthened with ashlar alternated as headers and stretchers. It has no battlement, hence its name.

La Torre del Reloj is Gothic. It is made of irregular ashlar. It is elevated over a stone base and is 12m high.

 

History

Peal was a small Muslim farmstead. It wasn’t an important town due to its proximity to Toya, a very important city since the Iberian Era.

After it was conquered by Archbishop don Rodrigo, Peal was included in the Adelantamiento de Cazorla.

In the late Middle Ages, on the highest hill in the village, Christians built a long based fortress over an old Muslim fortification.

In 1361, the fortress was plundered by Muslim soldiers from the Reign of Granada. The Muslim purpose was to carry out raids over the Adelantamiento area.

In the last quarter of the 20th century, a staircase in the interior castle enclosure was built to restore the place as an open air theater.

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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