Mora de Rubielos Castle

Ronda Martín Almagro, nº 1. 44400, Mora De Rubielos (Teruel)

Cultural Visit

Castle-Palace of the Fernández de Heredia family, XIV century (Mediterranean Gothic style).

The largest castle you can imagine.

Mora de Rubielos Castle is a representative building of the Mediterranean Gothic style situated in the highest part of the town, on a rocky hill.

The Castle is a solid stone construction built on an irregular, quadrangular ground plan with four fortified towers, a porticoed parade ground and a cloister gallery. It covers an area of 4,300 sq m (67 by 65 m). The Castle can be accessed through a zig-zag ramp with loopholes (long narrow windows through which arrows could be fired against attackers) along its length, which reveal the castle’s former defensive function. After going through the gate, a slight slope with some steps leads us to:

Porticoed parade ground (cloister when the building was used as a convent). It covers an area of 1,400 sq m (38 by 37 m). Its ground plan is a slightly irregular square, surrounded by pointed arches of different sizes. Some of the capitals are decorated with animals or monsters, but they are badly damaged.

Stables. They are in the basement that can be accessed through an oblique arch next to the angle formed by the walls, going down a slight slope with steps which once was a dirt slope. At the bottom, we get to a large space where there used to be troughs.

Stonemasons’ marks: These can still be seen engraved on some of the keystones that form the transverse arches situated closer to the entrance, as well as in some other rooms of the castle. They are the “signature” of the stonemasons who shaped these stones.

Great dining room or multi-purpose room, depending on whether it was a time of peace or war at the castle, something quite common in medieval times.

Antechamber, which could have possibly been used as an armoury, a scriptorium or a dressing room. Nowadays, this room hosts part of the Ethnographic Museum, where you can see different pieces which have been obtained in Mora de Rubielos.

Main bedroom in the castle of the Fernández de Heredia family. This chamber is inside the east tower. The walls are very thick here, something that can be appreciated in the thickness of the window, as well as in the reinforced ceiling, with twice as many beams as normally needed.

The dungeon. It used to be a high security prison. The Great Stairway, Outside tower and gate, Spiral Staircase, The Sacristy (when the castle was used as a convent), The Great Hall (with an area of 284 sq m), The Well, First and Second Level Basements, The Burial Crypt, The Crypt and The Chapel.

The Castle was awarded the status of National Monument in 1931 and Mora de Rubielos was declared a national heritage site in 1978. Restoration works in the castle began in 1972 with the removal of debris and the cleaning and consolidation of arches and structures.

 

Schedule

Castle Schedule

Open time and non-guided visits

  • Morning: Monday to Sunday: from 10:00 to 14:00h.
  • Evening: Monday to Saturday: from 17:00 to 19:30h.

Guided Visits buying the ticket at least 2 days in advance (max 9 persons). Meeting point Turism Office, c/ Diputación, 2.

From Wednesday to Friday:

  • Morning: 12:15h.
  • Afternoon: 17:15h.

Saturday:

  • Morning: 11:15h.
  • Afternoon: 17:15h.

Sunday:

  • Morning: 11:15h.

Castle Closed:

  • January 01
  • From September 27 evening to October 01 (Local bankholiday)
  • Decembre 25.
  • December 24 and 31 evenings. 

Turism Office Close:

  • January 01 and 06.
  • From September 28 to October 2nd (Local bankholiday)
  • Decembre 25.
  • December 24 and 31 evenings. 

Location

Address:

Ronda Martín Almagro, nº 1.  44400, Mora De Rubielos, Teruel

How to get there:
  • You can drive on the A-23 from Valencia, Zaragoza…
  • If you are driving on the A-23 from Valencia, take exit number 76 towards Mora de Rubielos, then continue on the A-228 towards Mora de Rubielos.
  • If you are driving on the A-23 from Zaragoza, take exit number 92 towards La Puebla de Valverde, then continue on the A-232 towards Mora de Rubielos.
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