The castle is located on the Pui-Pinos Hill. It is reached by climbing a steep winding path and passing through the solid gateway arch, which in the style of Moorish fortresses, is perpendicular to the wall. This castle-convent was initially built in the Romanesque style, but was subsequently extended and remodelled. Among the oldest remaining parts of the castle are the Romanesque side chapel, the proto-Gothic cloister and the Gothic keep. The single-nave chapel with pointed barrel vault has one of the few Romanesque doorways found in the Lower Aragon region, with an interesting chequerboard band known as ajedrezado jaqués.
On the left (gospel) side are the remains of a very interesting piece of funerary sculpture from the Aragonese Renaissance period; the tomb of Juan de Lanuza. The cloister, built against the south wall of the chapel, has two arches spanning the space between the supporting walls. The keep stands to the west of the chapel and the lower floor serves as the porch of the chapel. There is a series of Gothic mural paintings on the ground floor and piano nobile, dating from the first half of the 14th century, which are in a regional and local interpretation of the linear Gothic style. The unique thing about them is that most deal with non-religious themes (such as the deeds of King James I of Aragon).
Some of them were removed from the walls and are know found in the town hall. There are also the remains of paintings found in the cloister, although less well preserved: in this case they deal with the funerary themes. A major remodelling took place in the 18th century, the result of which is the Commanders' Palace, which occupies the southern side of the castle precinct.
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Tourist Information Centre
C/ Mayor, 1
44600 · Alcañiz
Telephone: +34 978 831 213
Opening times: Open all year.
June (every day): 10am to 1.30pm and 4pm to 7pm.
July (every day): 10am to 1.30pm and 5pm to 8pm.
August (every day): 10am to 1.30pm and 5pm to 8pm h.
September (every day): 10am to 1.30pm and 4pm to 7pm h.
October (Monday to Sunday morning): 10am to 1.30pm and 4pm to 7pm h.
November to February (Monday to Sunday morning): 10am to 1.30pm and 4pm to 6pm h.
March to May (Monday to Sunday morning): 10am to 1.30pm and 4pm to 7pm h.
General admission: €4,85
Youth card/Student card/+65: €3,60