Coca Castle

Coca, Spain

Magnificent Coca Castle was built in the 15th century by Alonso de Fonseca, a mighty archbishop of Seville, during the reign of King Enrique IV of Castile. It's made up of two square baileys separated by a passageway. Both show polygonal towers at the corners. The double walls are 2.5 m thick and it's circled by a deep dry moat.

Coca castle is a mixture of western and Moorish military architecture, as can be seen from its decoration. It has a square ground plan, a moat and two walled enclosures, which gives it the air of impregnability for which it has been known over the centuries. The keep is located in the second area. It is made of brick and its walls are profusely decorated. The interior is very luxurious and lavish, and conserves its Mudejar decoration. Due to its great splendour, it was used more as a palace than as a fortress. It is one of the crowning works of the military Mudejar style.

The castle is owned by the Alva family and now serves as a training center for foresters. Their school is situated in the inner bailey.

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Rotonda Castillo 2, Coca, Spain
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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Javier Muñoz Sanz (6 months ago)
The BEST of the world ( dice mi novia)
AndresRafael StefaniSucre (13 months ago)
?The Castle of Coca? ⚫It is located in the Coca municipality, central Spain. ⚫The castle was constructed in the 15th century. ⚫A scale model of the castle has been built in the Mudéjar theme park and another replica built at a ratio of 1:25 is placed in the Minimundus miniature park in Klagenfurt, Austria. ⚫Coca Castle is built of brick, laid in a smooth surface so that the mortar layers and lines of brickwork are equally emphasized, creating a decorative surface pattern. ⚫The bricks used in the construction of Castillo de Coca are different from regular bricks as they are hardened to withstand enemy onslaught. ⚫Geometrical patterns featured in the castle are a hybrid of Moorish Muslim and Christian Gothic architecture. ⚫The defense system of the castle features three tiers consisting of wall circuits enclosed within a moat and a central keep. ⚫It also have rectangular towers on the corners of the walls. ⚫The battlements on the walls have been constructed as both ornament and as defensive fortifications. ⚫There are several rooms in Coca Castle that are open for tourists including the chapel and Weapons room.
Victor (2 years ago)
Veri nice visit, one of the latest castles to be built in the old style before artillery made them obsolete, the visit is guided and fun with many historical facts. The views from the top are fantastic. The weapons in the exposition are a few but interesting.
Polina Klykova (2 years ago)
The place worthy be visited. I visited many castles, and can say that this one is really interesting.
Jean François (2 years ago)
Beautiful and no very big castle, nevertheless I decided not to visit its courtyards (out of time). John
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