Cazorla Castle

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Camino Ángel, s/n. 23470, Cazorla

The first fortification was Arab and dates back to the 11th and 12th centuries, but the image that has come down to us of the castle of La Yedra corresponds rather to the Castilian construction of the 13th and especially the 14th centuries, during the pontificate of Don Pedro Tenorio. The castle preserves elements of both civilizations that successively occupied it and shaped its profile and defenses. In it you can distinguish three successive enclosures: alcazar, enclosure and albacara.

Castillo de Cazorla History Section

It is located in the Torre del Homenaje which is the most noble area of the entire fortress and also the most meticulously built, with the greatest wealth of materials and architectural care.
Its construction was conceived exclusively for military use and not as the palace of a feudal lord or small court of a medieval monarch. For this reason it is of sober architecture although compensated by the beauty of the topography of its location and the surrounding landscape.

It consists of three rooms in which are installed the rooms that we comment below.
In the first room a chapel has been installed with a life-size Romanesque-Byzantine Christ mounted on a cypress wood cross. It is surrounded by a complete collection of twelve anonymous paintings from the 17th century representing the Apostles and a Baroque carving of Bishop San Ambrosio.
In the Second Room or Hall of Arms is decorated with panoply shaped shield with various weapons: swords, crossbows, axes, cutlasses, etc. It also has two armors and carved chests, as well as furniture from the 16th and 17th centuries.

The Third Room or Noble Room, is the one that more architectonically stands out by its completion in a Gothic vaulting and its windows of pointed arches with mullion, also Gothic. In it are exposed three Flemish tapestries of the XVII century, signed by Ian Raes and four bargueños forming a set with their corresponding tables of the XVIII century.

Section of Popular Arts and Customs

Installed in a building annexed to the Tower of Homage, it was the first summer residence of the Marín García family, who carried out several actions that were not in line with the original construction, so this building had to be restored and reconstructed before being used as a museum.

It also consists of three rooms, which we comment below.

The Museum's entrance floor exhibits three panels with farming tools, as well as two models representing the olive and cereal harvest, respectively. From this first room you can access the patio of the castle where agricultural tools and utensils such as threshing machines, plows, udders, etc. are exhibited.

In the second room there are three models of oil mills from different periods, remains of Arab pottery found in the castle and a collection of popular ceramics from various sources.

Finally, the Third Room has been adapted to set up a typical and spacious cazorleña kitchen with all its trousseau and utensils typical of this room. It is completed with models of two farmhouses, one in the countryside and another typical of the mountains and two panels with a ceramic dish from Granada (Fajalauza).

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