Jumilla Castle

Jumilla Castle

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The Jumilla Castle is located in “Cerro del Castillo”, a strategic enclave that visually dominates the entire territory. This hill has been inhabited since prehistory.

The first settlements in “Cerro del Castillo” date back over 3,500 years, to the Bronze Age. Iberian and Roman remains have been found, although it was not until the 8th century when the Arabs began building the castle.

The current fortress is Gothic in style, having been rebuilt by Juan Pacheco, the first Marquis of Villena, between the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th century. It has three floors: the troop room (first floor); the floor of the Warden (noble floor - second floor) that has access to the tower; and the “bastimento” room (third floor), which was where the weapons were kept in times of war and, in turn, used as a dining room.

The terrace came to have up to three pieces of artillery, and the basement has a cistern, which was also used as a food store and prison until the beginning of the 19th century. In the parade ground, there was also an oil mill and a flour mill.

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