Castle of Montsoriu


The Viscounty of Cabrera was articulated through a network of castles and strongholds, which were the headquarters of the political and military power of the medieval nobility. This defensive system was complemented by the presence of several walled villas and watchtowers.

The oldest structures of Montsoriu Castle date back to the end of the 10th century, and at that time it was shaped like a rock castle. During the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the first great reform was carried out and Montsoriu was described by the chronicler Bernat Desclot as "one of the most beautiful and noble in the world". The general aspect we see today of the castle corresponds to the last great transformation promoted by Viscount Bernat II of Cabrera in the middle of the 14th century, in which an impregnable castle of concentric circles formed by three large spaces was built: the sovereign enclosure (the part more elevated, ancient and strong of Montsoriu), the courtyard (conceived as an authentic Gothic palace) and the Jussà enclosure (thought of as an inferior albacar).

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