Burgos Castle

Burgos, Spain

The Castle of Burgos is located on the hill of San Miguel to 75 m above the city of Burgos. According to excavations the castle attributes to the Visigoths, and its oldest parts, to the Romans. It is believed that the fortress was already built back in 865 when Muslims amounted to the Castilian plateau led by Al-Mondzir obliterating. Twenty years later the Asturian monarch Alfonso III gives order to Count Diego Rodríguez Porcelos to repopulate and re-fortifying Burgos because had credited his military virtues in the Battle of Briviesca and in defend Pancorbo.

The growing importance of the city requires a great fortress, whose perimeter is well documented. Probably during the reign of Alfonso VIII of Castile occurs the first great transformation, participating experts builders to the Mudéjar taste of the time. The Castilian king Henry IV makes the second reform, mainly for beautification, in order to transform it into palace: halls, chambers and chapel.

During the Early Modern Age and because both the evolution of military techniques, as the remoteness of the war zones, loses its former defensive function. In its enclosure was settled the first training school for gunners that have been in Spain, reaching produce twenty quintals of gunpowder daily in 1542. This was about secondary activities.

During the French occupation, the June 15, 1813, the French army decided to leave the Castle of Burgos, and they destroyed it with explosives. The explosion resulted in the almost total destruction of all the castle grounds. The remains of the fortress, in state of ruins, has allowed its qualification as a museum, opened in 2003, or interpretation center, and it can also visit the well and the underground tunnels, known as Cueva del Moro.

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Founded: c. 865 AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Adrian Hughes (31 days ago)
Well worth the walk up the hill to the viewing platform overlooking Burgos. The castle is free and you can walk around the ramparts. Nice bar to have a cool drink outside.
Gary Martinez (2 months ago)
It's really more the ruins of a castle. The view of Burgos is very nice from up there
Deborah Hatton (2 months ago)
Interesting place. Good info boards. Recommend downloading QR codes for more information.
Miguelito Cocinero (4 months ago)
Nice view, nice receptionist, free, couldn’t ask for more ! However be careful not to trip in the stairs !
Nigel Bane (5 months ago)
It's free. You will need to be fairly fit to get up to it. Not a great deal of the original castle left. Quite a good view across the city from up tops.
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