Originating in the 11th century, the castle compound is formed by the king’s enclosure, the heart and most representative part of the castle, located at the highest point, and the lower enclosure.
The Miravet castle is a large walled compound that is adapted to the abrupt topography of the slopes on which it stands on the bank of the river Ebro and dominating the river transport.
Inpregnable thanks to the surrounding cliffs, it originally dates from the 2nd century when it was an Iberian establishment, although it was the Muslims who built the first fortification there in the 11th century and defended it until the end of the Saracen domination in 1151.
With the Christian conquest, Ramon Berenguer IV donated the building and the adjacent land to the Temple order who made numerous renovations between the 12th and 13th centuries.
The current appearance of the castle corresponds to the construction work undertaken during this period, the plaza’s peak of splendour when it was home to the regional head of the Templars, the highest authority of the order across the Catalan-Aragonese lands.
With the dissolution of the Templars at the start of the 14th century, the castle passed into the hands of the hospitals who retained ownership until the 19th century when it passed into private hands.
The castle area is made up of the so called royal area, the main and representative area that is situated in the highest area and by the lower area. The latter included buildings like the barn, the stables or the cistern whilst the former included a garrison courtyard flanked by distinct buildings. The northern most part was occupied by a small barn and a warehouse on the ground floor. On the first floor there is a gallery that served as a small cloister for the adjacent church and an austere temple with a basilical layout covered with a barrel vault and a semicircular aspe.
From the church the terrace can be reached by an elongated spiral staircase leading to an observation point offering several spectacular views of the river Ebro and the land surrounding Miravet.
También alrededor del patio de armas central, al lado de levante, están el refectorio, la cocina y una cisterna.