Tower of Orgaz
Los Orgaz's Tower-Palace
La Fuente Kalea, 8, 01423 Lantaron, Araba, España
The monument comprises a wall, tower and palace:
The wall: it is highly likely that there were defences in this location from the 11th century though the original wall does not seem to be older than the 13th or early 14th century.
The tower was built in the late 14th or early 15th century. It is made of well-carved ashlar sandstone. It has a rectangular floor plan measuring 17.3 m (N-S) by 13.4 m (E-W). The maximum height of the tower is 25 m and its lower walls are 2 m thick. It is crowned by a crenellated overhang supported by triple-curved modillions. All faces have large arrow slits and double windows. Arrow slits measuring approximately 1.25 m high with lobed arches are unique to towers in Álava.
The palace dates from the late 15th or early 16th century. The palace and its main access point are situated to the West of the tower. It has a rectangular floor plan measuring 27.3 m x 12.6 m and was built in ashlar sandstone.
The main entrance to the palace is finished with an ogee arch supported by Gothic pillars which rest on high bases and culminate in pinnacles. The arch has two coats of arms. The one to the right displays the weapons of the Hurtado de Mendoza family and the one to the left pertains to the Guzmán and Toledo families. The entire monument is framed with Arab style ornaments.