August 19, 2016

Executioner’s Tower

The Executioner’s tower is a little lower (18,65m) and wider (1,75m in diameter) than the Prison Tower. It is subdivided into two parts: the first is solid (9,90m high), and the second is open towards the inside of the city to avoid any use against the inhabitants. The tower has a cross vault and the upper floor can only be reached by an ashlar staircase that crosses transversally the space open on the wall. An irrigation ditch from the aqueduct crosses the inside of the tower, which is probably named after the nearby executioner’s dwellings.
The construction features seem to date the tower around the 14th century. It was probably built for the battles between the Unionist and Royalist troops or maybe, for those that involved the King of Castile, Peter I «the Cruel» and the King of Aragon, Peter IV «the Ceremonious», in which Segorbe played an important role.