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Castle of Peñíscola

Castle of Peñíscola

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The Castle in Peñiscola is a fortress which ocupies an elevated position, inside which we can find the old town. Peñiscola has the privelege of being one of the three places in the world where a Pope has lived, the other papal seats being the Palaces of Avignon and the Vatican.

The castle began its construction in 1294, and finished circa 1307. The constructors of this castle were the enigmatic templar knights, who constructed the castle to further the territories of the holy land.

Sober and robust construction which has come to us in a perfect state of conservation although a quarter part of it is missing which was destroyed in 1814, during the course of the War of Independence. It was condemned to a hard and relentless siege by the troops of General Elio who tried to recover the town occupied by the French. They had to subject it to a furious bombardment which destroyed a great part of the houses surrounding the castle and part of the fortress, leaving the marks of the projectiles in all the walls.

The Templar—Pontifical Castle of Peñiscola shares together with the Vatican and the Papal Palace of Avignon the privilege of having been a Papal Seat, one of the three which have existed in history. Many authors describe it as a singular monument, unique and thus that any person can visit a large number of castles in Spain, including Templar’s such as this one. Some of them are positioned on a rock, nearly in the sea. However, to have participated in such a privileged moment of European history as was the Western Schism, since it was conferred to be one of the three pontifical seats which existed in the Christian world during the dramatic process, only Peñiscola in all of Spain, and above all its Castle, golden cage where Benedict XIII took refuge.

Today, the Templar—Pontifical Castle of Peñiscola is a touristic and cultural attraction with more than 330,000 visitors a year. Converted into a prestigious Cultural Centre in it numerous plastic exhibitions, the Peñiscola Film Festival of Comedy, Congresses, Conferences, etc, are hosted. Among many of the activities, the Festival of Ancient and Baroque Music which takes place during the first fortnight of August stands out. The Series of Classical Music Concerts cover part of the month of September and the Festival of Classical Theatre which holds its sessions during the months of July and August.

This building, which since 4th June 1931 is a National Historic-Artistic Monument, in its over 700 years of existence converts itself to the visitor into a door to access its history and is a perfect place to enjoy leisure and culture.

Visiting Times
Winter Season (16 October – Palm Sunday):
From 10:30 to 5:30 pm.

Summer Season (from Palm Sunday to 15 October)
From 9:30 am to 9:30pm

Closed on the folowing dates:
1 January, 6 January, 9 September, 9 October and Christmas day

Entrance Price
Adults ................................................................ 3,50 €
Over 60s ............... ............................................. 2,50 €
Groups of 30 people or more, each ........................ 2,50 €
Schools, each ..................................................... 2,50 €
Handicapped ....................................................... Exentos
Children under 10, accompanied ............................ Exentos

Should there be an exhibition in the castle, the price for said exhibition will be independent of the entry fee.

Contact
Addres: Castillo de Peñíscola, Calle castillo
12.598 Peñíscola. Castellón.
Phone: (+34) 964 48 00 21
Fax : (+34) 964 48 16 36
Director : Jordi Pau Caspe
Phone Tourist Info Peníscola : 964 48 02 08
Web: Castillo de Peñíscola
e-mail: castillo@dipcas.es

Free Guide Service: Easter and from June - September