The Castle of Montesa
The Castell, in Gothic style, is undoubtedly the most important tourist attraction of Montesa. It is possible to be of Iberian-Roman origin, the fortification was severely damaged in the earthquake of 1748, so today you can only enjoy some of the rooms of what was once the Sant i Real Convent de l’Orde de Santa María de Montesa and Sant Jordi de Alfama.
In 1317, after the suppression of the Order of the Temple, Jaume II and el papa Joan XXII created a new order, the direct heir of the Temple’s assets: l’orde de Montesa (the order of Montesa). In 1319 James II gave the fortress to the new order, due to the necessity of having a militia that could protect the southern border of the Kingdom of Valencia. The castle was rebuilt and enlarged and the order of Montesa became the only military monastic order in the old Kingdom of Valencia.