EL CASTELL
The castle
The castle is the oldest, most important and emblematic building in Riba-roja de Túria. It has been declared Monument of Significant Cultural Interest. The Castle is very large and is a  complex and diverse buildings with walls built during many different eras. 

Today, the Castle functions as a cultural center where many events take place: exhibitions, concerts, talks, conferences, guided tours, weddings, etc. In addition, it houses two archaeological museums, the Visigoth Museum of Pla de Nadal (MUPLA) and the Museum of Ceramics of the Castle (MUCA) and contains the Contemporary Art Space the Castle.

 

The MUPLA museum was the first in Valencia to obtain the Q for Museum Quality awarded by the Institute for Spanish Tourist Quality. Moreover, it have achieved the “Safe Tourism Certified” certification. This quality seal, promoted by the Spanish Tourism Quality Institute together with other entities, aims to implement preventive and security measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

The Riba-roja castle is adapted for people with reduced mobility.

 

 
HISTORY
The main castle was built during the Islamic era, between the IX-XII centuries. After the Christian conquest, the building became the residence of the lords of the barony of Riba-roja. During the medieval period the building underwent a great transformation in order to adapt it to its new function as a stately palace. Subsequently, walls built in the Islamic era were modified with arches and silos, wineries and cellars were added. 
After the Moorish expulsion in the XVII century, a period of economic decline began. This process resulted in the demolition of the great Gothic hall and this was replaced by a housing area on two floors, as well as the construction of facilities linked to wine production. After the abolition of the Feudal system, the property of the Castle passed to the Community of Irrigators of Riba-roja. During the 20th century, the building was used as a stable and agricultural warehouse.
The City Council acquired the building in 1989 and renovation work began in 2004. 
After the renovation, the complex was made up of three different bodies in a central courtyard.
In the main body two of the towers of Islamic origin remain and the foundations of a third. 
On the ground floor the vaulted room and one of the the old cells have been saved. A building connects the main and the secondary areas. Here you can see remains of an old cellar from medieval times. On the first floor, the Noble room stands out, in which the plasterwork and wall paintings have been protected. In addition, there is a two gothic windows, a small chapel, kitchen, a staircase and original doors. In the secondary building two open rooms have been created. On the ground floor, archaeological remains are present including a silo, wineries and cellars. In the courtyard, there are traces of the old walls on which the stairs have been built. A fragment of the old bowling pavement has also been recovered.