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The castle is situated o­n the hill of the Sierra de la Villa, which is 550m above sea level.
From the castle you have a fantastic view of the town of Villena.

The origen of the castle dates back to the 12 century Islamic Era, but in the middle of the 13th century the Christian army o­n behalf of King Jaime I of Aragon conquered Villena's castle.
King Jaime gave the fortress to King Fernando III of Castillon, who gave it to his son Dn. Manuel.
Villena then became the head of the "Señorio", whose holder was always a member of Royal Castillian descent.
The "Señorio" of Villena was converted into a Marquesado extending its  power throughout  Alicante, Albacete, Cuenca, Toledo, Murcia, Valladolid and Guadalajara.

The are no remains of the first Marquis, but the o­nes built by his sucesser Don Juan Pacheco can be seen easily.
Pacheco also built the last two floors of the tower of Homage and upon it his coat of arms is ingraved o­n o­ne of the side walls.


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