Castle of Concabella


The village of Concabella (la Segarra), which stands on the right-hand bank of the River Sió, forms part of the municipality of Els Plans de Sió. The old castle is located in the centre of the settlement which also houses the parish church of Sant Salvador, whose origins date back to the 11th century. The church’s magnificent portal has columns, arches and capitals in the Lleida Romanesque style of the 12th century.

The first reports of the Castle of Concabella date back to the year 1031, when Bishop Ermengol of Urgell gave Count Guifré a freehold property in the territory of Guissona whose southern limit bordered on the "Territory of Concabela[MH1] ".  It was further documented in 1040, in the act of consecration of the church of Santa Maria de la Seu. At that time, the castle belonged to the Concabella family and it remained in their possession until the 14th century. It then passed into the hands of several different families. In the 16th century, the Erill family transformed the old fortress into the palace castle and it was conserved as such for over three centuries.

 

THE LEGEND

According to legend, in the times of the feudal lords, a barber from Concabella was unable to accept that his wife had spent their wedding night with the master of the castle in compliance with the well know, but poorly documented, “right to the first night”. As he was the local barber, he waited for the opportunity to shave the noble and then took his revenge by cutting his throat. The lady of the castle then ordered the barber’s capture and he was imprisoned and beheaded. His head was then put in a cage which was hung from the tower of the castle.

 

THE BUILDING

The Castle of Concabella is the largest in La Segarra. It has: a square floor plan, a 30 metre facade, internal courtyard, Renaissance style windows, octagonal tower, two square towers and, on the north facade, a latrine in very good condition.

 

SPACES IN THE BUILDING

 

  • THE CENTRE FOR INTERPRETING THE CASTLES OF SIÓ

    This denomination covers a wide territory. Due to this area’s frontier status, it saw the construction of a large quantity of castles, fortified mills and fortified houses of various shapes, sizes and designs. This is a necessary visit for those with an interest in: the frontier fortifications of the 11th century, castles, different construction typologies, the day-to-day life of this period and the history of agricultural landscapes.
  • PERMANENT EXHIBITION

    The dry lands of Lleida, provides an introduction to the, often undervalued, dryland ecosystems which tend to be associated poor and relatively unproductive land. This exhibition will allow visitors to discover the natural and cultural wealth, landscapes and flora and fauna of these dry lands. It also explains the threats posed to them and opportunities that they offer and provides information about routes through the dry lands of western Catalonia.

  • THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR

    In the castle courtyard there is information about work camp number 4 of the Spanish Civil War.

 

For more information

Castell de Concabella. 

Plaça del Castell, s/n.
Tel. 973 554 151 - http://www.castelldeconcabella.cat





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