Zuheros

The white-washed village of Zuheros lies at the foot of rough, ashen, rocky ravines.

From the viewpoint, the village appears as a disordered stack of dice, formed by houses with ochre rooftops and darkened windows that appear like sleepy, half-closed eyes.

In the background, the time-worn towers of the castle-palace watch over the triangular form of the urban centre, providing a panoramic view of the greyish green sea of olive groves.

 

  • This village is located in the southeast of the province, 8 km from the C-432.
  • Distance from Córdoba: 76 km.
  • Altitude: 622 m.  
  • Surface area: 42.26 km2.
  • Population: 821. 
  • Term used to designate inhabitants: Zuhereños.
  • Region: Subbética Cordobesa 

 

Zuheros appears to have arisen at the end of the 9th century, when Banu Himsi soldiers erected a castle on inexpugnable rocks [sujaira] and settled in the area.

The locality originally belonged to the cora [territorial division] of Elvira (Granada), and was fortified at the end of the 12th century.

In approximately 1240, the area was conquered by Ferdinand III, who appointed a lord over the castle in order to strengthen the defences along the border with the Nasrid kingdom of Granada.  

Having changed hands on various occasions, Alfonso X ceded Zuheros to his son, Prince John; however, as the result of a broken agreement, Sancho IV conquered the locality in 1293 and placed it under the jurisdiction of the Council of Córdoba, and the Zuheros remained under this authority. 

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