I visited this castle in 2002.
Loarre Castle lies, near a village by the same name, in the province of Huesca in Spain.
The following historical info is taken from a little Spanish booklet, titled Castillo Loarre, which I bought
at the castle. My Spanish translation skills aren't great so forgive any mistakes that may occur.
Loarre Castle is situated in the southern foothills of the Pyrenees and is said to be the oldest
fortified castle in Spain. Above the castle entrance is a inscription which dates back to 1096. However
during excavations Roman and Iberian coins were found.
The castle we see today was built in the 11th century upon Roman walls and is said to be the starting point
of the Romanesque style of architecture in Aragon.
It consists of two parts; the castle built in the times of King Sancho el Mayor, which has two towers, and
the Romanesque monastery attached to the castle, built by Sancho Ramirez in 1071. In the monastery is a
beautifully preserved Romanesque church with a crypt.
The walled enclosure at the castle's feet, with its 10 semicircular towers and one square one, was built in
the 13th century. In this enclosure a civil settlement was situated of which nowadays only a watchtower
The castle was never besieged because it was built during the expansion of the kingdom of Aragon and by the
time it was finished its defensive aim was unneeded.
This is a very nice castle which offers great views over the Huesca valley and also the winding road leading
to the castle, is a biker's delight! The castle was also one of the few castles which wasn't freely accessible
when I visited Spain; you have to pay a small entrance fee.
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