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It has a trapezoidal plan with square towers at the corners and smaller round ones on the walls. The low principal tower is pentagonal. One enters the court of arms through a door with a pointed arch defended by a machicolated gallery above. The building dates to the fourteenth century when the Mediterranean fortification type-small and rectangular with walkways along the battlements, few towers, with the principal one barely differentiated from the rest-began to replace the Romanesque type characterized by a powerful principal tower and a relatively unimportant walled precinct.
The fortress passed through the hands of a number of Castilian families including the Meneses and the Rojas Guzmans, who in 1626 were each granted the title of marquis of Montealegre.
The exterior structure is in a good state of preservation.