Sandiás Castle

Sandiás, Spain

Probably built in the first half of the 12th century (although some legends say it was built in the 9th century), Sandiás Castle was located over a castrum (Celtic settlement). It participated in the Portugal secession wars (12th century). In 1386 it was assaulted by the duke of Lancaster, pretender to the Castile crown. In the 15th century it was demolished by a popular riot, and rebuilt later. It was a meeting point for troops in the wars with Portugal in the 18th century. There are many legends about this castle.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Sheik (3 months ago)
Lo estan restaurando, pero el entorno sigue igual de mal que siempre. Abandonado y sucio.
RIVA (4 months ago)
Spectacular!!
EmTogo (5 months ago)
A strategic medieval watchtower of enormous historical value and finally undergoing serious restoration process. It is worth visiting, by car or walking. Fabulous views.
Ariberna OU (5 months ago)
Cool. It cannot be accessed, they are restoring it, the better.
alva miranda (6 months ago)
It is a super nice site. I am sorry that he is so abandoned. Access is not difficult and you can almost reach the castle by car
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