Yedra’s Castle

Introduction:
It is an old enclave of defensive origin. It is located at the bottom of the Salvatierra hill, on the Cerezuelo river. It is a construction dating from the Berber era, although it was finished as we know it today by the Castilians. From its enclave, at 831 meters above sea level, you can see the city of Cazorla and its surroundings.

Origin:
The origins of the Castillo de la Yedra could be Muslims, possibly from the Almohad era (twelfth century), although throughout the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries Christians finished giving it its final configuration, which explains that in a good part of its interior rooms predominate the gothic style.

It consists of two very different parts: the Historical Section, located in the Tribute Tower and the Arts and Customs Section that is located in an annexed building.

Historical Section:
In the Historical Section, located in the noblest area of ​​the entire fortress, the most mythically constructed and with the greatest wealth of materials. It consists of three rooms.

Its construction was designed exclusively for military use as a palace of a feudal lord or small court of medieval monarch. That is why its architecture is sober, although compensated by the beauty of the topography of its location and the surrounding landscape.

The Museum of Popular Arts and Customs of Alto Guadalquivir:
It is a state museum managed by the Ministry of Culture of the Junta de Andalucía.

In the first room a chapel with a life-size Romanesque-Byzantine Christ and mounted on a cypress wood cross has been installed. It is surrounded by a complete anonymous apostolate of S. XVII. A baroque carving of San Ambrosio Obispo is also shown.

On the second floor the Weapons Room has been installed, decorated with shield-shaped panoplias with various weapons: swords, crossbows, alfanjes, axes, etc .; two armor and carved chests and diverse furniture from the 16th and 17th centuries.

The Third floor houses the Noble Room. Architecturally it is the one that stands out the most for its termination in a Gothic ribbed vault and its windows of arches pointed with mullion. It shows three 17th-century Flemish tapestries signed by Ian Raes and four locals, together with their corresponding 18th-century tables.

In the Popular Arts and Customs section, installed in a building attached to the Tribute Tower, it also has three rooms. The entrance floor to the Museum exhibits three panels with agricultural tools such as trillos, plows, ubios, etc.

In the second room there are three models of oil mills from different eras, remains of Arabic pottery found in the castle and a collection of popular pottery of diverse origin.

Finally, the third room, has been adapted to set up a typical and spacious kitchen with all its trousseau and utensils of this room. It is completed with models of two farmhouses, one of the countryside and the other typical of the mountains and two panels with a large ceramic tableware from Granada (Fajalauza).

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Schedule and Visits and information:

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