Castle of Yeste

Calle Cava 24, 02480, Yeste, Albacete

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Cultural Visit

            Located in the center of the town, it is an ancient Islamic fortress from the 11th century. Next to it is the XIV century Torre del Homenaje, at the entrance door of which are the stone shields of the Order of Santiago and the Figueroa family.

            It served as the residence of the commanders of the Order of Santiago during the 13th to 16th centuries. In medieval times, the population extended at the foot of the fortress, in the neighborhood of Hell, comprising the council square, and the parish church, all that urban complex was surrounded by a wall.

              In the second half of the 14th century it was renovated to reinforce its outer defensive elements and the keep.

           In the early years of the 16th century, Commander Rodrigo Manrique adapted the fortress to more courteous ways of life, endowing it with a colonnaded parade ground with a wooden roof and a double gallery. Its capitals are in the Gothic style and all its interior corridors have been preserved. A beautiful Gothic-style window located in the center of the fortress presided over the main castle hall. The entire fortress was crenellated and roofed, the roofs being one of the most typical architectural elements of this characteristic monument of all the castles of Santiago located in the Sierra del Segura region.

            Currently the Castle of Yeste is renovated and rehabilitated. Inside we can find an Interpretation Center "Tierra de Frontera", created by the Romeros de San Bartolomé Association, directed by Luis Llopis. It is made up of several medieval rooms: a projection room, a room for the Santiago commission, an urban planning room, a weapons room, a nature and repopulation room, and a Muslim room.

            And in its old dungeons, now rehabilitated, there is an ethnological museum, which contains tools donated by the residents of Yeste in each of its sections, such as agriculture, livestock, beekeeping. Others like the house and traditional utensils show the customs and traditions of the town of Yeste.

Schedule

Summer schedule:

  • From Monday to Sunday: 10:00 to 14:00h.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday: from 17:00 to 19:30h.

Winter schedule:

  • From Monday to Sunday: 10:00 to 14:00h.
  • Friday and Saturday: from 17:00 to 19:30h.

Closed: December 25 and January 01 and 06.

Location

Address:

Cava Street, 24, 02480 Yeste, Albacete

How to get there:

From Madrid, Albacete and Murcia:

Take the A-30 highway towards Hellin (exit 56) and then the road CM-412 to Elche de la Sierra. Turn off the road CM-3206 towards Yeste. Then, turn left to Orden Street until Cava Street and the Castell square.

 

From Valencia:

Take the A-7, A-35 and A-31 highway towards AB-220 (exit 112 of A-31). Merge onto the A-30 on the way Hellín/Murcia. Take the exit 56 and then the road CM-412 to Elche de la Sierra. Turn off the road CM-3206 towards Yeste. Then, turn left to Orden Street until Cava street and the Castell square.

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