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Castillo de Consuegra

At the top of "Cerro Calderico" next to the "quixotic" mills is the Castillo de la Muela, or also known as the Castle of Consuegra. At his feet, this illustrious town of Toledo.

Otra perspectiva del castillo de Consuegra

He has been witnessing the future of the Consaburenses for centuries, it must have been a watchtower originally, erected during the Caliphate of Córdoba. In 1097, Al-Mu’tamid gave it to Alfonso VI, by marriage pact, since the king would marry the princess sevillian Zaida. The castle was achieved without war but the Christian occupation did not last long because, in August of the same year, Alfonso VI lost the fortress after being defeated by the Arabs in the Battle of Consuegra, in which Diego Rodríguez died fighting the Almoravids, the only male child of the Cid Campeador.

Finally Alfonso VIII would conquer it in the 12th century, handing it over to the Military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, who would give it its current form, back in the year 1183 who established in Consuegra the capital of his priory of La Mancha.

It lived its splendor during the 13th and 15th centuries and, although it continued inhabited, was suffering a gradual but inexorable process of abandonment. After the French invasion and Napoleon's campaign in Spain (1808), It was occupied by a garrison of French soldiers (1809-1813) who destroyed it when they retired. After the Napoleonic destruction of the early 19th century, suffered the confiscation of Mendizábal (1836), what his expropriation involved, abandonment, progressive fire and destruction. But, in 1962, Consuegra City Council acquires the castle and begins a comprehensive restoration process.

Interiores del castillo de Consuegra

The structure of this castle is unusual. It is constituted, basically, by a square central body with a large cylindrical tower on each of its sides. The enclosure is surrounded by a barrier of which there are only remains in the part that faces the parade ground.

El castillo de Consuegra está rodeado de una barrera defensiva

Passing the first wall, there is an empty space called sentinel, from where you can access the castle proper, which is surrounded by the defensive barrier. The entrance door is framed between two cubic structures, and on it is the shield of the Prior of the Order, Juan José of Austria, and that of the Álvarez de Valencia. Among the interior rooms, the cistern stands out, covered with barrel vault, an inner courtyard and the archives of the Order of Saint John, destroyed by the French in 1814.

The albarrana tower, defensive element of Arab times, It is circular in shape and is located in the southern part of the castle. A walkway communicated the tower with the rest of the complex. It is of considerable height because inside it is divided into four floors.

The castle walls are masonry, construction technique that works little stone, the most used material for its hardness and abundance. Inside there are remains of a concrete very different from the one currently used.

After your visit you can always recharge your batteries, and precisely in Consuegra is the Scorching restaurant cinnamon and lemon with grilled meat specialties and run by Mamen and José.

Mesas montadas para dar el servicio en Abrasador Canela y Limón
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