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Castillo de Chera(Chera)

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The castle of Chera, (in Valencian Castillo de Xera) is a fortress of Muslim origin located in the province of Valencia, which is located on a hill located one kilometre from the town, from which the surrounding fertile plain, the Tormagal gorge and the road from Requena to Chulilla were dominated. The date when it was built is unknown, although considering the presence of a barbican, a construction element introduced to the Iberian Peninsula by the Almoravids, it can be dated to the beginning of the 12th century. It is thought that its main function was to protect the Muslims who lived and worked the land in the 25 neighbouring villages.

The municipality was a hamlet of Sot de Chera. It was dominated by the Arabs until the Christian conquest by James I and in 1271 it appears as part of the Lordship of Hurtado Lihory to whose descendants it belonged until 1371. In 1335 its lord was Don Gonzalo Ruiz de Lihory.

In 1371 Pedro the Ceremonious donated the village to his son the infant Martín de Aragón, who later became king with the nickname of El Humano. The lordship was later obtained by the Mompalau family.

On 10 January 1540, the deed of population or town charter of Sot de Chera was verified, granted by Miguel Ángel de Mompalau, Lord of the barony of Gestalgar and Sot de Chera in favour of twelve inhabitants, by means of which they became neighbours with the rights and duties expressed therein.

In 1836, the inhabitants of the hamlet of Chera asked the civil governor for the segregation of Sot de Chera, and a file was drawn up between 1836 and 1840. In 1841, the first demarcation procedures were carried out.

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