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A STROLL THROUGH THE DIFFERENT MONUMENTS OF VEJER DE LA FRONTERA
The walled enclosure dates from the 15th century and has an irregular layout as a result of its adaptation to the topography of the site and covers an area of just over 4 ha.
The radius of the wall is 2 kilometres and its thickness is 1.5 – 2 metres, which increases considerably as it approaches the city gates, which are preserved in their original state: Arch of the SECURITY, Arch of the VILLA, Arch of SANCHO IV and Arch of PUERTA CERRADA.
We also highlight two towers: Torre de la Corredera (facing Medina Sidonia and Torre del Mayorazgo (facing the coast of Barbate).
La Segur Arch
Located on the west side. It was built at the end of the 15th century, during the reign of the Catholic Monarchs.
It is a semicircular arch framed by a moulding, of which only part has survived. Its name is due to the marble relief that can be seen on the inside, which resembles an “Axe or Segur”, meaning the judicial power of Rome.
ARCH OF THE VILLA
Located on the eastern front.
It was the most important access, as it communicated with the Barca slope and the Concejo fountain, although curiously it is the only one that has not preserved its original state.
The Plaza de España is accessed from here.
ARCH OF SANCHO IV
Located on the northern flank of the walled enclosure facing Medina Sidonia.
It is a semicircular arch with a moulded impost through which the thickness of the wall can be seen. Just above the arch is a baroque noble coat of arms. In this doorway, the ground has been lowered by almost two metres to save the difference in level of the Corredera street, leaving the foundations in the living slab in view.
THE CORREDERA TOWER
Located in Paseo de la Corredera.
Its origin dates back to the 15th century and it was a defensive tower as it was used to make “smoke signals” to communicate with Medina Sidonia.
TOWER OF THE MAYORAZGO
Also known as the Torre del Homenaje (Homage Tower).
Here we can see the remains of a belfry that once belonged to the chapel of the Casa del Mayorazgo, as this house is attached to the wall and the tower.
From the tower we have spectacular views of the mouth of the Barbate River, the coast of Zahara de los Atunes and part of the Natural Park of La Breña y Marismas de Barbate. Its main mission was to guard the village.
La Segur BASTION
Vejer’s walled enclosure is most accessible through the western gate. It was the main gateway known in the 15th century as the Puerta de la Villa, which was used for the transit of troops, merchandise, livestock and agricultural products. It was the gateway to Cadiz and Gibraltar. For this reason, and because of its easy access, it was decided to build a bastion with an inner enclosure with a double defensive gate to prevent any intrusion. This smaller enclosure was also used to prevent the entry of contagious diseases or to control the import of goods and other taxable supplies.
Rescue work, restoration of battlements and resurfacing of walls was carried out in 1977 and the internal refurbishment in the 1990s.
The surface area of the old bastion is now shared between public and privately owned spaces.
PARISH CHURCH OF THE DIVINE SAVIOUR
Possibly built on the site of an ancient mosque, it is a basilica church with a rectangular apse and three naves, the central nave being higher than the side naves.
The architectural ensemble consists of two distinct parts corresponding to two stages of its construction: The Gothic-Mudejar chancel from the 14th century and a late Gothic extension from the late 15th and early 16th century. There are three chapels in the side aisles.
The altarpiece of the main altar, made by the master Francisco de Villegas in the 17th century and executed in cedar and borne wood, stands out.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 08:00 pm.
Sundays: 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
St Michael’s Church: Sunday to Friday at 10:00 h.
Church of La Merced: Tuesday 08:00 pm.
Closed for renovation.
It dates from the 10th and 11th centuries, during the reign of Abderraman I and his successors. It is located in the highest part, and possibly the oldest inhabited area of Vejer, on the base of an earlier one from the Arab period.
It consists of two courtyards: the main courtyard where the old cistern is located, which collected rainwater through a channel. The floor of the castle is herringbone-shaped to prevent the animals in the stables from slipping. From the parade ground you can see the battlements, access them and enjoy beautiful views of the whole town. In this courtyard is the private house that was transformed by Pedro Muñoz de Arenillas in the second half of the 19th century, which was compared to the Marquis of Martorell.
In the 14th century it was the residence of the Dukes of Medina Sidonia, Lord of Vejer. It is included in the group of “minor castles” because it has only one entrance and exit gate at the most accessible and easily defended point. The horseshoe-shaped door framed by an alfiz is the most precious remnant of Moorish origin that still remains.
Inside the castle there is a plaque commemorating the twinning of Vejer and Chef-Chauen. The two cities are closely linked for historical and cultural reasons.
CONVENT OF THE CONCEPTIONIST NUNS
The building currently houses the Municipal Museum of Customs and Traditions of Vejer.
General admission: €1, groups: €0.50. Free admission on Thursdays.
Closed until 24 November
HOUSE OF THE MAYORAZGO
PALACE OF THE MARQUIS OF TAMARÓN (MUSEUM)
Price: 2,00 €/pax (Children under 12 years, free) and 1,50 € for groups.
Free admission on Thursdays.
PLAZA DE ESPAÑA
Tfs information and bookings: 696 417 049 (calls and whatsapp) and 660 842 720 (Juanino, Asociación cultural Al uso del burro)