The village is situated in the south of the province, in the heart of the countryside, among fields of cereals and other herbaceous crops.
The present-day village dates back to the second half of the 14th century, although its colonial urban structure dates back to the 17th century, when the earl of the time, Don Francisco de los Rios, encouraged the colonisation and economic development of the village.
The rebuilding of the Duke"s Palace was undertaken by his grandson, Carlos Jose Gutierrez de los Rios, in accordance with contemporary trends, the result being a veritable masterpiece of neoclassical architecture. Next to the palace stands St. Marina"s Church, of baroque design.
In ancient times it was part of the old Ibero-Roman city of "Ulia".
Its present-day name dates back to the 13th century, when, in the wake of the Christian conquest of the AREA, it was applied to one of the Moslem towers that stood here.
The village was founded in 1382, when lordly privilege was granted by John I to don Diego Gutierrez de los Rios.
The village remained under the control of the Gutierrez de los Rios family, and was declared an earldom in 1639 and, later, a dukedom (1815), the title of duke being granted by Ferdinand VII to Carlos Jose Gutierrez de los Rios.
Emilio Jose, singer.
Duke and Duchess of Fernan Nuñez.
Juan Poco Velasco, sculptor.
Alfonso Juste, writer.
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