Claramunt Castle

Claramunt Castle
Claramunt Castle

The Castle of Claramunt in the Catalan town of Pobla de Claramunt is one of the historic fortresses whose origins date back toCounty of Barcelona in the distant tenth century. More specifically, the first news about this fortification dates back to the last quarter of that tenth century, when the castle would become an important enclave for the advance of the Christian troops in their reconquest of the Hispanic territories that were in the hands of the Muslims. In other words, it is a castle that must be integrated into the historical period of the Reconquest.


Claramunt Castle

And the truth is that despite its antiquity, today we can get a fairly rough idea of ​​what the fortress would be like. Despite the fact that not only has it suffered over the centuries, but it has also been the object of several destructions throughout history. And it is that the castle has fulfilled that military function not only during the Middle Ages, but also until relatively recent dates.

In fact, we could almost say that his medieval period was the calmest. From its origins and until the early years of the 14th century, the fortress belonged to the Claramunt family. His good, this family would end up selling it to another aristocratic lineage: the Cardona. Which in turn would later relate to the Medinaceli, who were the owners untiljust started the 20th century.

Meanwhile, the place was destroyed and rebuilt several times. For example, in the fifteenth or eighteenth centuries, in two conflicts of Catalonia. Although it would be rebuilt, and even a few decades ago it was the subject of a profound restoration, thanks to which today much of its original structure is visible.

The fortress is raised on a promontory above the ground. Having a wide view of the environment. And there up to three different enclosures are developed, each with its own wall.

The highest of all is the one that houses the great Torre del Homenaje, as well as several residential buildings. All this area has the smallest wall equipped with a tower in each corner. In addition to an attractive gothic room.

Then there is a lower enclosure, where the remains of more functional elements are discovered, including the cistern for water supply. This area is like a large courtyard that also has several towers. Without forgetting that inside was the Romanesque church of Santa María, to which a Gothic chapel dedicated to Santa Margarita would later be added.

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