Bedmar Castle

Bedmar, Spain

Bedmar Castle was built in the 15h century by the knighthood of Santiago against the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada. 


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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain


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Jose maria Rios (4 months ago)
The castle is being restored, but what I liked the most was the church seen from the castle
Juan Salas (2 years ago)
Closed. Unfortunately it cannot be visited now (06/20/21) because it is undergoing restoration and consolidation work. Rocky castle, which is strongly anchored to a rock. History tells that the old castle was of Arab origin and that it changed Arab and Christian hands on various occasions. Once it finally passed into Christian hands, (Order of Santiago), they built this new one, using it as a defensive bulwark to counteract the incursions of the Nasrid kingdom of Granada during the 15th century.
Patxi ramos (2 years ago)
The Old Castle was built between 881 and 890 AD, although it may have been a much older settlement. During the Middle Ages it was a frontier land, and changed hands from Andalusia and Christians on various occasions. In the 11th and 12th centuries the alhomades walled it in with calicanto mud, with masonry reinforcements and a frustoconical tower. In 1227 Ferdinand III conquered the Plaza de Bedmar that belonged to Abd al-'Azuz al Numayri, although the Andalusians recovered it very soon. In 1231 it was taken again by Don Martín Sánchez de Bedmar, for this feat Fernando III granted Bedmar as a lordship. At this time the fortification was improved, however in 1302 Mohamad III of Granada snatched Bedmar from Sancho Sánchez. In 1309, after the siege of Algeciras by Fernando IV, peace was signed and the Treaty of Seville was carried out in 1310 between Fernando IV and Nasr, where the Castle passed definitively into Castilian hands, specifically those of the Order. of Santiago, that after taking possession of it they rebuilt it. In 1407 it was destroyed by Muhammed VII, the Nasrid people set the castle on fire and killed its warden, Sancho Jiménez de Solís, and took a large number of prisoners captive to Granada. Since then the fortress and the town were abandoned, awaiting future investigations, which will be promoted by the Bedmar City Council through Paleomagina for the historical, archaeological and patrimonial recovery of the town.
Jesús Martín (3 years ago)
A pity that it is closed and you can only see the surroundings. It has beautiful views
Very particular castle, belonging to the Order of Santiago. Worth a visit
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