Following the explanations about the bridge, we will talk about the tower that had been built previously, since this stood here before the construction of the palace, and it is important to contextualise the complex as a whole.

  • The Lord of Lazkao ordered his son Garzi Lopez to repopulate Igartza around the year 1370-80. This was the time that the “villas”, or towns, were being founded, and this alarmed the lords, since it represented the emergence of a third power.
  • Igartza was rich in resources and from here they could also control both the road and the towns located between Segura and Ordizia:
  • Water
  • The main road
  • The mill and the forge (thanks to the water)
  • It is important to understand the importance of the political conflict during that century (the location of the remains of the tower is indicated). Two major groups were involved:
  • On the one hand, the lords or elderly relatives: The Lord of Lazkao, the Loyolas and the Count of Oñati, among others. Those of blue blood (“We are more than you”).
  • The councils of the towns and peasant communities of the brotherhood of Gipuzkoa (Arrasate, Tolosa, Beasain). “Thanks to my work I will be more than you or I will possess greater wealth.”
  • There were disputes between the elderly relatives themselves, and the lords of Gipuzkoa were the losers in that conflict.
  • The truncating of the towers occurred in different ways.