The origin of this tower, considered by historian Micaela Portilla to be "the best preserved fortified complex in Alava", dates back to the end of the 14th or beginning of the 15th century.
The surname Varona dates back to the 7th century, and was born with doña María Ruiz Pérez, a woman who took Alfonso I the Battler prisoner in the fight against Alfonso VI King of León and Castile, who considered that given her bravery she should, in the future, be called "Varona". From then until the present day, the tower has been uninterruptedly inhabited by her direct descendants.
The whole complex has
been restored by the
Provincial Council of Alava
The whole complex has been restored by the Provincial Council of Alava, having partly modified its former setting and layout, both inside and out, to adapt it to current needs. The interior conserves several spaces that maintain their traditional character, and good examples of furniture belonging to the owners of the Tower-Palace and to the Provincial Council of Alava can be seen distributed throughout the different rooms. Of particular interest are the wallpapers and the collection of ceramics, kutxak (chests) and pottery housed in the different rooms.
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