It is at this place, Balaguer (as shown by archaeological research), that the first human settlements appeared. This hill constantly attracted people, primarily due to its strategic positioning. The first written mention of the fortress is in an Arabic document talking about military actions against the Count of Barcelona and the beginning of the construction …More
Sanauja (cat. Sanaüja) was conquered by the Muslims on behalf of the Earl of Urgell in 951. In 1001, the castle was mentioned in the bill of Pope Sylvestre II (cat. Silvestre II) about the transfer of the fortress (“castrum quoque Sanaugia cum finibus suis” – “Sanaugia castle with its lands”) to Bishop Urgell. The …More
Abandoned places of the world: The Torre Blanca fortifications of Castellciutat in La Seu D’Urgell
The Torre Blanca, or White Tower, was one of the advanced fortifications for the Castle of Castellciutat. This fortification protected the defensive complex from the southern flank.
Originally its defenses seem to have been limited to an artillery tower surrounded …More