Peñaranda de Duero Castle

Peñaranda de Duero, Spain

The castle of Peñaranda de Duero is a well preserved Gothic castle. The castle originally dates from the 10th century but reforms by Counts of Miranda del Castañar in the 15th century changed much of the building. Today the castle stands at the start of a defensive wall that formerly surrounded the town, of which only the crenellated arch of 'Las Monjas' still stands.

The castle was an important point on the fortified line which existed between the medieval Christian Kingdom of Castile and the Moor state of Al Andalus during the 10th century. The castle is a narrow walled precinct, with a four story keep rising from the center. The keep features a rooftop terrace, battlements, a gallery of machiolations, and three additional square towers, two of which flank the ogival arch that marks the entrance. The walls are solid stone ashlar stone, although much of the keep features decorative wooden beams.

Today, the Castle of Peñaranda de Duero serves as one of the many historical monuments and tourist attractions in the area.

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

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Elena Cabezas (10 months ago)
Beautiful
Eliseo Javier ASSO SAMPER (11 months ago)
Great place!
יוסי גינוסר (2 years ago)
this elongated fortress is like an archetypal castle drawn by children with a forest of turrets and crenellations. Originally built in the 10th century but effectively dating from the 15th, it's a stunning backdrop to the town and worth exploring for the views from on high.
Paweł Tychek (3 years ago)
Very good Access. Perfect view.
Inuga Ant (3 years ago)
Puedes pasearte por allí y ya si quieres, pagar por ver la torre del homenaje. Nosotras llegamos tarde y estaba cerrada. En invierno-primavera debes contactar con antelación la oficina de turismo. De todos modos es bonito y las vistas del pueblo muy chulas
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