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Castillo de Luna

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Brief Description

Inside the walled center of Albuquerque, known as the Inside Village, there is the Luna Castle, one of the finest examples of Spanish medieval architecture (the only four defensive lines) and the most imposing of Extremadura for its morphology of its rocky site from the 13th and 15th centuries. It is one of the most formidable medieval bastions that are conserved in Extremadura and in the Iberian Raya from being built on the crest of the hill.

This fortification, a notable witness for the role it had to represent the town in frequent border battles between the Lusitanians and Spanish, which began in the late 13th century, after undergoing various reforms. The original construction of the walls and castles corresponds to Don Alonso Sanchez in 1276, a stage in which the Portuguese, who occupied the village and left their coat of arms and inscriptions along the fortification. Naturally, this large range of buildings that over the years has passed through different hands and situations, has undergone multiple reforms and changes to reach the final physiognomy it has today.

Among the structures of the castle, the Tower of Homage stands out the most for its remarkable breadth and height, along with its access bridge to the upper floor and various rooms and wall paintings. The granite masonry buildings were erected under the lordship of Don Alvaro de Luna between 1445 and 1452. The tower is five stories high, with the lowest two containing a brick vault constructed by a line approach, while the top three stories are accessible by the bridge. There is a single pointed arch with ample light, which is connected with the tower by a wooden drawbridge.

Don Beltran de la Cueva made reforms between 1465 and 1472, with the construction of a three-story pentagonal tower topped with pointed battlements. The tower stressed the defensive nature of the enclosure, leaving the Tower of Homage for daily use.

In the 1980s, work began restoring the castle, which involved the Tower of Homage, covered walkways and various other towers. At the time of that intervention, the building was used as a shelter, so some changes were constructive and functional. In addition, different buildings were constructed within the enclosure to add new applications to the fortress.

 

In early 2007, the new construction began to adapt some of their facilities to hospice agencies, and in the future, a tourist center.

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