The municipality of Consuegra has always been characterized by its windmills that were a headache for the protagonist of the Cervantes novel and are today a mandatory stop on a route through these lands. Twelve of them are kept in very good condition, of which five still maintain the original machinery.
Located on the slopes of the La Mancha region, its locality is between the east with Madridejos, to the north with Mora and Turleque, in the province of Toledo, and to the south with Villarrubia de los Ojos in Ciudad Real. Many famous people have left their signature in Consuegra and below we will do a brief review of the most prominent protagonists of the town.
This novel town was always a dream for Don Quixote de la Mancha. During the novel, at the top of Cerro Calderico the castle of La Muela and the mills of Consuegra stand like giants, those with whom Don Quixote de la Mancha fought. These mills were mistaken for giants. In the reality, they were built 13, but they remain standing 12 and of these, there are five that keep their machinery in perfect condition. They are Sancho, Rucio, Bolero, Espatero and Backpacks. The others also have curious names, all taken from Don Quixote, the most famous book in Spanish literature: Sparks, Knight in the Green Overcoat, Mambrino, Clavileño, Piggy bank, Cardeño and Vista Alegre.
Juan José of Austria
One of the most forgotten characters in history is Don Juan José de Austria, who is among the bastard sons of Philip IV, Well, it is said that, total, between legitimate and not, the planet king had more than 40 stems. With this illustrious person there was one of those unique periods, flourishing and that represented a radical change in the then town, was the one located in the middle of the seventeenth century, more specifically since the end of July 1664 until the beginning of August 1666, dates in which Consuegra had a guest of honor; nothing more and nothing less than the Prior of the Order of Saint John. This Spanish politician and military man recently defeated in the battle of Portugal requested a license to retire to some place in the priory, while the king looked for a position according to his person.
When the license was granted, our prior arrives in Consuegra, priory capital, where you are received with open arms, not only for the honor that the prior himself chose the town as his residence, but also for the benefits and favors that this could entail for the town and its inhabitants.
To end, the influence of Juan de la Tierra, how our prior was baptized, would also reach the religious area of Consuegra, since upon his arrival he brought with him from the Barcelona campaign an image that, according to him, had helped him to be victorious and that he had found himself at one of the gates of the Catalan city.
Alfonso García-Tejero and Ordoñez
19th century writer born in Consuegra. He was very prolific finding among other works such as El pilluelo de Madrid, The wedding nougat and pumpkins or El Caudillo de Morella. He was the son of the income manager Alfonso García Tejero and Juana Ordóñez, from Madrid.
He participated in one of the meetings of the revolution of 1868. A) Yes, In the democratic six-year term, he was appointed head of Development in Seville at the beginning of 1869 by Ruiz Zorrilla. In 1874 He was appointed head of the Development section in Cáceres. The 21 September 1890, The Correspondence of Spain gave notice that he had died in Madrid “old and forgotten, the distinguished writer and journalist Alfonso García Tejero, that forty years ago had true notoriety in the republic of letters”. One of his most outstanding works was the "The historical ballads. Lives of famous Spaniards ".
Jose Jimenez Donoso
(Consuegra, Toledo, 1632-Madrid, 1690). Spanish painter. Initially trained with his father and Francisco Fernández, between 1649 Y 1650 he went to Rome, where he trained in perspective and architecture painting. Upon his return to Madrid in 1657, entered the workshop of Juan Carreño de Miranda, where he practiced the portrait genre. He was a friend and collaborator of Claudio Coello, with whom he made numerous frescoes for the church of Santa Cruz in Madrid around 1667-1668, the chapel of San Ignacio and the sacristy of the Imperial College of the Jesuits of Madrid (destroyed) in 1673, as well as those of the wardrobe of the cathedral of Toledo in 1671-1673 and those of the Royal House of the Bakery of the Plaza Mayor of Madrid in 1673-1674. Prepared, together with Coello and Matías de Torres, the decoration of the room of Queen María Luisa de Orleans in the Royal Alcázar (destroyed). He specialized in the design of major altarpieces for churches and convents, like that of Our Lady of Victory in Madrid, of which only one drawing remains, San Francisco de Paula begging the Virgin.
He was one of the most important actors born in the town of Consuegra, that after studying high school he joined the Spanish University Theater of Madrid, where he took his first steps in the world of interpretation. In 1966 He made his film debut with the film La Busca, by Angelino Fons. He was married to the artist representative María Navarro (former manager of the tonadillera Isabel Pantoja). One of his best known appearances was in the series "Here there is no who lives".
Norberto Antonio García Roco
Norberto Antonio García-Roco González-Oteo. Republican politician and Catholic priest. Son of Narciso García-Roco Merino and Francisca González-Oteo García-Roco. Natural of Consuegra, signed the Spanish Federal Pact on behalf of the province of Toledo, in july 1869.
A) Yes, with all the historical monuments that surround Consuegra and famous people who have left their signature, During your visit it is recommended to make an almost mandatory stop for all who pass through here, such as the Scorching Canela y Limón restaurant, which is decked out in a peculiar way and living up to its name, in which they are specialists in dishes from the region as well as having grilled meat from their own breeding.
Consuegra has always been known throughout Spain for its famous windmills. This municipality full of history and heritage that encourages you to visit this Toledo town. The great symbol of Castilla-La Mancha, in a generic way, and especially from Consuegra, are the windmills, which currently holds up 12 windmills and each one has its own name with a lot of history behind it.
Clavileño, Espartero, Rucio, Knight of the Green Coat, Sparks, Piggy bank, Cardeño, Good views, Sancho, Backpacks, Mambrino and Bolero are the names given to each of them and these mills were used to grind wheat, to make flour.
These mills, according to historians, have been found since the 19th century, Although it is very possible that some go back to earlier times, and even up to the 16th century. At first they were 13 mills, although one was lost, since the machinery in some of them is from this time. Many windmills can be visited, as they are prepared to contain different activities, although it is convenient to make an appointment.
The Windmill "Bolero", Consuegra Tourist Office
This visitable windmill houses the Consuegra Tourist Office inside. During the visit it is possible to see all its complete rehabilitated mechanism.
An interesting option, during the visit to the Consuegra windmills, It is located in the Scorching Canela y Limón restaurant, a reference place in the province of Toledo and is located in Consuegra and specialized in grilled meats, is wall to wall, next to the famous Bar The Fishing.
Consuegra is located in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha, one of the most beautiful and historic towns in all of Spain. Approximately with 11.000 thousand inhabitants, This Toledo municipality has become a benchmark for national tourism due to its variety of history, the many historical buildings to visit and the odd route loaded with Spanish history, like Don Quixote's route. further, Consuegra is known for its remarkable gastronomy, whose recipe book can be found in Don Quixote, and the one from the Montes de Toledo.
The mills of Consuegra
Talking about Consuegra is synonymous with windmills. They are located at the top of the hill to take advantage of the air currents and add a total of 12 windmills. Nowadays. Some of these mills are so old that they date back to the 16th century, being essential in the development of the Toledo town, since the absence of currents prevented the establishment of river mills. These mills were used to grind wheat, to make flour. One of the twelve windmills is called "Sancho" and it still works in a traditional way in Consuegra. Other windmills are dedicated to another La Mancha theme and many others refer to some of the chapters of Don Quixote. The Rucio mill preserves the original machinery from the 16th century and is the only one in Spain that offers daily grinding during 300 days a year. From the hand of one of the last remaining professional millers in La Mancha, We will enter the entrails of the giant to contemplate the operation of its mechanism in a wonderful guided tour. It is said that it is the most famous mill of all there is.
The old town, medieval times of Consuegra
The Plaza de España is the Town Hall, the Arch and the Clock Tower, all of them renaissance style. You can also see the Colegio de San Gumersindo or the current headquarters of the Municipal Museum in the Los Corredores building. In this medieval and historical town, you can see the Church of the Holy Christ of Veracruz in a baroque and neoclassical style., In addition, you can also see in this location the Parish Church of Santa María la Mayor. On the other side of the river is the Church of San Juan built in the 16th century and which survived the floods.
This fortress is of Muslim origin and is one of the best preserved castles in all of Castilla-La Mancha. It is renovated both inside and outside for visitors. The structure of this castle is unusual. It is made up of a square central structure 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.
There is a room that was discovered almost by chance years later and that turned out to be one of the immense cisterns that stored water enough to withstand long sieges without problems.. In 1962, Consuegra City Council acquires the castle and began a comprehensive restoration process. As a result, you can access the hermitage, the wells, the round steps, the chapter house, the albarrana tower, the terraces and the barbican.
The Well of the Lizards
It is an open-air museum that you cannot miss when visiting Consuegra. Colored sculptures that refer to music, writers, etc ... This cultural visit is guided by the author of the works himself, Vicente Manzano. Between visit to the windmills, Historic center of Consuegra is interesting to make a stop on the way and have lunch or dinner at the Abrasador Canela y Limón restaurant, specialist in grilled meat dishes and is in a perfect location in Plaza de España.
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Tournedos of Iberian pork with potatoes
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