The Peracense Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Comarca del Jiloca due to its good conservation status and the magnificence of its construction.
It is located to 1365 metres above the sea level in a privileged enclave allowing it to manage the wide Jiloca´s river valley plain that extends towards the east. The west side is surrounded by the Sierra Menera´s range which was the traditional border between the Castilla and Aragon Medieval kingdoms.
Using the rocky headland, the castle was built over a large platform which north, south and east faces form an inaccessible cliff. In the west side a wall at a right angle of 3 metres thickness was built and reinforced with 3 rectangular towers. Also, a ditch had to be excavated in the rock in order to isolate it from the butte where is settled, although it had become blurred due to the construction of the access road.
The entrance of the castle is a narrow pass on the edge of the cliff.
Description and characteristics:
The castle is an extraordinary example of a military architecture, simple and effective; suitable for the purpose it was intended for.
It is concealed in a landscape composed by rodeno red boulders, and from the distance, it seems like a stranded ship in the mountain, standing out the main tower.
The fortress has an irregular square plan covering an area of 4000 m2 and divided in three stepped enclosures. The outer one is accessible from the door opened to the north side. It is a great area also called “albacara” which is protected from outside by two thick walls marked by three towers.
The second enclosure, used as a weapon square, is accessible passing through a door which is protected by a tower. This area had been used for troops having some rooms, the main cistern and during excavations it has been discovered a cemetery and a chapel. This part also had a lookout tower called “del Hospital”, which allowed looking after these first two enclosures as well as one of the sidewalls of the castle.
The highest area was the last defensive bastion and residence of the governor of the castle.
The fortress was built in the first half of the XIV century, though there is an evidence of an earlier building that may be built in 1284. It seems to have been used during the Reconquest period by the royal troops at the time of the Albarracin conquest.
Afterwards, its mission was to control one of the possible entry points the Castilian troops might use to enter in Aragon at conflict periods, but the existence of nearest points much easier to get access avoided the castle from being attacked and besieged. In the XIX century it was used during the first Carlist War.
The restoration works began in 1987, according to the project of architect Pedro Ponce de León and after 13 years of remodeling works, it could be opened to the public. Nowadays, there are guided tours to visit it.
-17th April – 30th June: Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:30h to 14:00h and from 16:00h to 20:30h. Monday and Tuesday will be closed.
- 1st July – 15th September: Monday to Sunday, from 10:30h to 14:00h and from 16:00h to 21:00h.
- 16th September – 13th October: Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:30h to 14:00h and from 15:30h to 19:00h. Monday and Tuesday will be closed.
- 19th October – 16th April: The castle will be opened every Saturday and Sunday, from 10:30h to 14:00h and from 15:30h to 18:00h. The castle will be also opened on bank holidays and during Easter.
For guided tours, please call first: 620863077.
You can visit the castle by means of the walking circular route to enjoy the landscapes of rodeno typical of this area, and also visit the viewpoint to have a better view of the castle and Jiloca valley.
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