The castle of the Rojas is located on the top of a hill near the town of Poza de la Sal. At the end of the 9th century Count Diego Rodríguez Porcelos repopulated Poza building the castle for the defense of the new territory. Like other castles of this time it may have been a simple keep surrounded by some walls.

In the 14th century Rodriguez de Rojas family rebuilt the current castle. It was occupied in 1808 by French troops and was a target of continuous attacks of Burgos garrisons until the end of the war.

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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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el Canal de Chibolo (2 years ago)
The castle is almost entirely disappeared, but if you like history and landscapes you cannot miss it and it will make you think how we got here. The site is exceptional and the views are unsurpassed, they knew where our ancestors made the castles
Eduardo LQ (2 years ago)
A medieval castle in a wonderful setting, quite well preserved and with spectacular views.
carlos fernandez garcia (3 years ago)
There are only remains and unfortunately, since we do not know how to behave, people use it as a toilet ... that is if the impressive views
Jane MacLeod (4 years ago)
Found this by chance, superb, well worth a stop
Chema Cornago (4 years ago)
Excelente castillo medieval. Es llamativo el lugar en el que está enclavado, una monte rocoso, el cual lo convertía en un lugar muy codiciado estratégicamente para el dominio de la zona. La orografía del lugar lo hace prácticamente inaccesible para un posible enemigo. Tiene unas escaleras para subir al castillo, talladas en la propia roca y muy empinadas. En los alrededores del castillo hay unas mesas para descansar, comer etc
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