The Palace of the Counts of Cervellon in Anna, the small Alhambra.
Among the narrow streets of Islamic design in the old town of Anna, a small town in the Canal de Navarres (Valencia) region, stands the oldest building in the town of Anna, the Castle-Palace of the Counts of Cervellon, an original fortress 12th century, time of Almohad domination.
Times in which Anna town was under the influence of the Moorish Al – Azrach, a military leader born in the Vall de Alcala (Alicante) and who starred in the uprisings against King Jaume I in which he snatched the castles of Montesa, Vallada, Chella, Navarres and also Anna.
The town of Anna (Valencia), in addition housing the beautiful natural lake “La Albufera” a natural place and bathing area for the enjoyment of vacationers, hides a very beautiful palace inside that many call “the small Alhambra.”
The Palace of the Counts of Cervellon, restored a few years ago with the aim of turning it into a Heritage Dissemination Center, currently houses the Ethnological Museum of the Town and the Water Museum, although in the near future it will also have an Archaeological Museum . Likewise, it serves, with the Christian rooms, as a space for permanent exhibitions, offering the visitor the cultural heritage of the inhabitants of Anna.
Its beautiful Patio and Arabic Room, among other rooms, will make you travel back in time through its architecture and decoration, the result of a splendid recreation full of ceramic mosaics, coffered ceilings and plasterwork. Touring this old palace will immerse you in Anna’s story.
Museum and interpretation spaces of Anna’s Heritage, which can be visited in a guided way, by contacting the Tourist-Info. You have to book in advance. Not on the same day. The visits are pre-arranged, as they are guided tours.
Palace of the Counts of Cervellon history
The Palace of the Counts of Cervellon is located on Paseo Alameda No. 4 in the town of Anna (Valencia). It was restored and adapted as a home at the beginning of the seventeenth century, after King Felipe III granted on May 3, 1604 the town of Anna with the title of County to Fernando Pujades de Borja, who lived there with his family.
The first reference we have about the building dates from 1244, specifically from September 4 of the same year in which, according to Vicente Rausell, there is a deed of donation from Anna’s castle, granted by Jaime I of Aragon who, together with him, The rown of Anna and Enguera were transferred to the Order of Santiago, with Mr. Pelayo Pedro Correa being Master. From its founding stage back in the 12th / 13th centuries, we still have the foundations of the building on its back.
Visit the Palace of the Counts of Cervellon in Anna
Anna is known for its lake, Anna’s La Albufera, but in this beautiful town of the Canal de Navarres we find other must-see spots. One of them is the Palace of the Counts of Cervellon, one of the many pieces of living history that exist in different parts of the province of Valencia, as evidenced by its medieval origins and the museums it houses.
We are talking about a Palace that is on Avenida de la Alameda number 4 de Anna. Although the current Palace dates from the 17th century, the first references to the construction refer us to September 1244, when King Jaume I donated the Villa de Anna and its castle to the Order of Santiago after the reconquest. At the beginning of the seventeenth century the Palace was built on the remains of the Castle, after Felipe III granted the County of Anna to Fernando Pujades de Borja in 1604.
Since then, the Palace has been restored on different occasions, but the uniformity and style have not been maintained. It is a Palace whose main body overlooked the Alameda, with three secondary bodies. One of them faces the river, and offers us spectacular views.
The umpteenth rehabilitation of the Palace of the Counts of Cervellon meant its conversion into a Heritage Dissemination Center, where the visitor can learn about history and traditions thanks to the images and sounds of the different museums that the Palace houses.
- Ethnological Museum: it is in the stables, in what was the Muslim Castle, and we find examples of Anna’s ancient trades.
- Museum of water: it is in the cistern of the Palace, and it talks about the aquifer richness that Anna has had throughout history and its uses in the field, in industry and in houses, as well as the architecture of water local.
- Patio and Arab Room: we find ceramic mosaics, coffered ceilings and plasterwork that serve to recreate the decorative world of Anna’s Muslims from the 12th century.
- Borja and Cervellon rooms: the history of the Borja and the Cervellon, the families that owned the County of Anna from the 17th century, in the Modern Age, is reviewed. In addition to the period decoration and setting, images and sounds are used so that we feel as if we were in that era.
- Anna’s Room – Touch screens provide information about Anna.
- Archaeological Museum: it will open on the third floor of the Torreon, and will contain archaeological remains of the town.