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La Torre(Torrebaja)

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The origin of the urban centre of Torrealta must have been an ancient farmhouse. This name refers to the existence of a high tower, as opposed to a low tower, referring to the nearby Torrebaja, also known as Torre Hondonera, which has now disappeared.
These enclaves were probably linked to royal donations to territorial lords who took part in the conquest of the Rincón de Ademuz, Torrealta joined to the Garcés de Marcilla family (XIII-XX), and Torrebaja to various lords, starting with Gil Gonzalo Roiç de Lihory, followed by others, the last being the Ruiz de Castellblanque family (XVI-XIX).
Many of the members of this family were prominent. Don Miguel Garcés de Marcilla Plaensa accompanied King Alonso V of Aragon on all his expeditions and ventures for the conquests of Naples, Sicily and other parts of Italy and Africa. On his return he married Doña Violante Ram de Vintamilla and continued in the service of King Don Juan II, who recovered the Counties of Roussillon and Sardinia. He was rewarded with the Mayoralty of the Castle of Castielfabib.
His son Don Juan, Lord of Torrealta, by deed of donation in 1509, built a church in Torrealta, which he dedicated to the Virgen del Remedio.
Don Juan Garcés de Marcilla Espejo, was the twelfth lord of Torrealta and fourth territorial lord of Castielfabib, as well as perpetual warden of the town. He was the second son of the marriage between Jerónimo Garcés de Marcilla y Muñoz de Contreras and the noble lady of Castiel, Juana de Espejo e Iñigo, celebrated in 1599. Another personage was Don Julián Garcés de Marcilla y Espejo, brother of Juan, who was the rector of the parish of Aras de Alpuente. He had embraced the ecclesiastical career on the advice of his uncle Francisco Garcés de Marcilla y Muñoz de Contreras, at that time the father Guardian of the convent of San Guillermo de Castielfabib and a former military man who had abandoned his military career for the religious one, where the observant Franciscans of Valencia had taken up residence some 80 years earlier (1577).
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