Castroverde Castle

Castroverde, Spain

Castroverde Castle was probably built in the 14th century. Today the 20m high tower exists.


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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain


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José Miguel (5 months ago)
Too bad not to invest in archaeological work because the result could be spectacular.
Josi (2 years ago)
Castle of the XIV century of which the Tower of the Tribute and the ruins of the old wall are only conserved. It is located on the ruins of an ancient fort. It is worth visiting, the tower of the tribute is in a good state of preservation and the surroundings are well taken care of. A penalty that will not be restored and not used, would serve as a claim to the area.
Xabier Faustino (2 years ago)
This tower is the remains of an ancient castle, located at the top of a hill where there was once a fortress. The castle is from the s. XIV belonged to belonged to Á varo Pérez Osorio, Duke of Aguiar and count of Vilalobos. A century later he seized the castle Sancho Sánchez de Ulloa, count of Monterrei, and after his death was inherited by his cousin Isabel de Castro.
A beautiful monument, but badly exploited. Poorly preserved with danger of detachment of some parts of it, without access to its interior and not used touristly. A pity
José López Diaz (4 years ago)
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