Espeluy Castle

Espelúy, Spain

Espeluy Castle is located in Jaén, the Municipality that gives it its name, on the Guadalquivir and Guadalimar rivers. Its origin dates back to the Caliphate era, with a Muslim castle existing on this site. Since then it was owned in the year 1224 by Fernando III, leaving the area under the jurisdiction of the Crown, in 1321 a new castle was built and in 1469 it would be taken by the troops of Don Miguel Lucas de Iranzo and at the end of the 18th century, beginning of from the 19th century, it was built as a Christian castle.

The total area of the plot is 4,800m2 of which 3,720m2 are for stables, corrals and common areas and 1,120m2 correspond to the building. The part of the house is made up of two floors: in the upper part composed of seven rooms and seven bathrooms and in the lower part we find a cellar, a large stable, warehouses and a house for the castle guard.

Its most genuine element is its magnificent Tower of Homage, with a square floor plan, inside which two superimposed rooms covered by barrel vaults are preserved. The access door and the wall that surrounds the castle is an addition to the current onesowners. It was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1985.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain


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Jose Enrique Santos (10 months ago)
It is beautiful but seems totally abandoned.
Juan Sánchez Rueda (12 months ago)
Could be more beautiful if I was careful
ROCO 89 (2 years ago)
Currently the area is abandoned
Maria Jose Moreno (2 years ago)
Beautiful. Too bad you can't visit
Juan Salas (2 years ago)
Originally it was a Muslim castle, destroyed by Fernando III in his campaign through the lands of Jaén and donated to the order of Calatrava. In 1321 it was given in dominion to the Lord of Estivel and Jabalquinto. In this period the new castle was built. At present it is still private, but from its appearance it seems abandoned and cannot be visited.
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