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Castillo de Navarrés(Navarrés)

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The Islamic colonization of the Canal de Navarrés, carried out in the 8th to 10th centuries by Berber clans, led to the formation of farmhouses dedicated to the cultivation of newly created orchards and the use of pastures and mountains. When, from the middle of the 12th century, the Castilian, Aragonese and Catalan feudals advanced southwards, the Valencian Muslims began to fortify most of their farmsteads with castles and towers to prevent raids and looting. One of these castle-shelters, an enclosure for people, crops and livestock, was that of Navarrés, archaeologically dated to the first third of the 13th century. Due to its function, it is located at low altitude and next to the main farmhouse of the term, which passed into the hands of James I, and therefore, of the Valencian feudal society, after the fall of Xàtiva (1244).

Its first owners were the Lauria family, from 1297, passing later, in 1367 to Pascual Maçana; in 1387 it was bought by Jaume Castellá. In 1448 authorization was granted to populate the place of Navarrés, forming the "BARONÍA DE NAVARRÉS", along with other populations, being of the Tolsá family.

Later, in 1557 King Philip II granted D. Pedro Luis Galcerán de Borja the title of "MARQUESADO DE NAVARRÉS".

After the expulsion of the Moors in 1609, which caused violent revolts in this area, it was practically depopulated.

The Castle presents a morphology similar to the fortresses of this part of the Xúquer River: small dimensions and located on a rocky spur that dominates the riverbed, adapting to the orography of the summit.

There are few remains of it today, highlighting small stretches of wall and two of its powerful cubic.

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