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A few rays of dim sun on a rainy afternoon.

Nothing is known precisely about the origin of Cortegana Castle. Neither the scarce known written sources nor the archaeological intervention practiced in the enclosure, provide sufficient data to be able to indicate with certainty the exact date of its foundation.

The only documentary testimony regarding its origin is an oral legend collected by Juan de Ledesma in 1633 and, later, by Rodrigo Caro in 1634, which declares the mythical foundation of the castle by a gentleman named Pedro Domingo who arrived in Cortegana after having fallen in misfortune in the Court, although such narration is unreliable. More recently, its foundation has been linked to the figure of King Sancho IV of Castile who, in 1293, authorized the city council of Seville to build a number of castles for the defense of his alfoz.

It will not be until the "Ordination" granted by Alfonso XI to the council of Seville in 1344, when the Court of Cortegana is mentioned for the first time, following from this date numerous news related to the appointments of its wardens or with repairs made its enclosure , all financed by the Sevillian council who enjoyed its usufruct by royal delegation.

Perhaps primitively it consisted of a small walled enclosure formed by six towers without chambers - chambers, then, up to the height of the adarve - and, inside, an underground cistern next to a small area of ephemeral character rooms. Most likely it was built throughout the fourteenth century and was deeply remodeled in the s. XVI.

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Unos rayos de tenue sol en una tarde con lluvia.

Nada se sabe con precisi鏮 sobre el origen del castillo de Cortegana. Ni las escasas fuentes escritas conocidas ni la intervenci鏮 arqueol鏬ica practicada en el recinto proporcionan datos suficientes para poder indicar con certeza la fecha exacta de su fundaci鏮.

El nico testimonio documental sobre su origen es una leyenda oral recopilada por Juan de Ledesma en 1633 y, m嫳 tarde, por Rodrigo Caro en 1634, que declara la fundaci鏮 m癃ica del castillo por un caballero llamado Pedro Domingo que lleg a Cortegana despu廥 de haber ca獮o en desgracia en la corte, aunque tal narraci鏮 no es confiable. M嫳 recientemente, su fundaci鏮 se ha relacionado con la figura del rey Sancho IV de Castilla que, en 1293, autoriz al ayuntamiento de Sevilla a construir una serie de castillos para la defensa de su alfoz.

No ser hasta la "Ordenaci鏮" concedida por Alfonso XI al consejo de Sevilla en 1344, cuando se menciona por primera vez al Tribunal de Cortegana, a partir de esta fecha numerosas noticias relacionadas con el nombramiento de sus guardias o con las reparaciones realizadas su recinto, todo financiado por el consejo sevillano que disfrut de su usufructo por delegaci鏮 real.

Quiz嫳 primitivamente consist燰 en un peque隳 recinto amurallado formado por seis torres sin c嫥aras (c嫥aras, luego, hasta la altura del adarve) y, dentro, una cisterna subterr嫕ea junto a una peque鎙 嫫ea de habitaciones de personajes ef璥eros. Lo m嫳 probable es que se construy durante todo el siglo XIV y fue profundamente remodelado en el s. XVI

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