Gardeny castle


In the second half of the 12th century, the Order of the Knights Templar built a monastery complex on the strategic plateau of Gardeny (El Segrià - Spain). This hill had previously been used as a base for military operations and had been visited by such brilliant strategists as Julius Caesar, who confronted Afranius and Petreius, two supporters of Pompey, who had established themselves in Ilerda in 49 B.C. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the original medieval complex was extended and turned into a new military fort. The new design corresponded to contemporary defensive needs associated with developments in artillery and saw the introduction of walls flanked by bastions and surrounded by vast spaces, moats and retaining walls. The present form of this monumental complex corresponds to the remains of what was once an impressive fortress. The Castle of Gardeny in Lleida and the castles of Miravet, Monzón, Peñíscola and Tortosa all form part of the Domus Templi, Templar route. This offers a journey through time that takes history-lovers back in time and enables them to discover important aspects of Templar heritage and this legacy of the former Crown of Aragon.

History

One day, long ago, in the year 1156, the cold walls of the tower of the Castell de Gardeny Castle of Gardeny) bore witness to the appointment of Fra Pere de Cartellà as commander of the Casa de Gardeny (House of Gardeny). The long and difficult siege of the Muslim city had recently ended and that was no doubt remembered by the austere community of the order. 

Today, more than 800 years later, we can discover what the Casa Templera de Gardeny used to be like. We can find out about and relive the ideals of the Order of the Temple, and understand how this monastic order used to live. The Centre d’Interpretació de l’Ordre del Temple de Gardeny (Centre for Interpreting the Order of the Temple) sets the scene for showing the history of that time. The presentation at the Centre d'Interpretació takes visitors on an audiovisual tour of the history of the Order of the Temple and the Command of Gardeny and a trip to the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries and the period of the crusades and the re-conquest, which is divided into four sections:

  • A historical introduction to the 11th century.
  • The Order of the Temple.
  • The Order of the Crown of Aragon.
  • The Command of Gardeny.

For more information and to arrange visits:

   

Turisme de Lleida
C/Major, 31 bis
25007 Lleida
Tel: 902 25 00 50
Fax: 973 70 04 80
Web:www.turismedelleida.com
e-mail: infoturisme@paeria.es






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