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Castillo del Moral. Archeological Museum

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Castillo del Moral. Archeological Museum


Basic Information

Location Lucena, Spain
Country Spain
City Lucena
Address Lucena, Spain

General Information

Open to visitors no
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 37.4082,-4.4836


The Castillo del Moral, a medieval fortress and cultural attraction, stands right in the centre of the city. Its central and oldest part was probably built between the 11th and 12th centuries during the time of Jewish Lucena, but the current fortress underwent significant modifications after the Christians conquered the city.

Its original square structure featured turrets in the corners, the most striking of which was the Torre del Moral, octagon shaped and with a Baroque finish, the facade of which features a shield depicting a blackberry vine which lends it name to the fortress. The Torre del Homenaje is also worthy of note, and may have been used as a cell to imprison the last king of Granada, Boabdil el Chico, captured during the battle of Martín González in 1483 by the governor of Lucena Martín Hurtado. In the 16th century the castle was transformed into the residential palace of the lords of Lucena, the Marquis of Comares, and later into the Palace and Castle of the Medinacelis.

The building now houses the city's Archeological and Ethnological Museum, with a series of exhibition rooms displaying the evolution of life on earth, the cultural and physical evolution of mankind, ceramics, the Jewish room, the ideological world, and the topography and evolution up to the modern times of the city of Lucena.

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