Pedraza Castle

Pedraza, Spain

Pedraza Castle dates from the 13th century and it was rebuilt in the 15th century by García Herrera and again in the early 16th century by the Dukes of Frías.

Poligonal ground plan, double enclosure, with cues and square turrets, plus an artificial moat excavated in the rock. The castle uses part of the wall and preserves the remains of one front, with Romanesque elements.

The tower that serves as the tower of homage uses a different bonding that the rest of the castle. It used to be owned by the Herrera and the Velasco (Dukes of Frías) families. The sons of the king of France, Frans I, were kept hostage in this castle in the 16th century.

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Calle Mayor 22, Pedraza, Spain
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Donny M (2 years ago)
Amazing location. captivating town, Amazing Castle
Duncan Parsons (2 years ago)
The Castle is open Wednesday to Sunday, 7€ per person. We did not visit as it was closed but would not have bothered anyway. We first visited Pedraza 26 years ago and returned for this, our fourth visit, for the town, not the Castle. It is little changed. The Plaza Major has a lovely bar and restuarant....menu prices reflecting Pedraza's popularity with the Madrilenos and its tourist appeal. It has several restuarants and bars. The back streets are well worth a wander. There is a fine artist, Rafael Sanchez Munoz, located in the town with some lovely works to admire and buy, some reasonably priced. The former jail can be visited.... again, at a price....but perhaps understandably, given that it is deemed one of the best preserved medieval prisons in Spain.There is a one way system into the town along narrow streets so what might appear a potential concern is not, though anything larger than a car will be a tight fit. Enjoy the storks if you are there in May. We watched one feeding it's young, its nest perched on a tall tower. They also nest on parts of the castle.Visit the Casa del Aquila Imperial, an information centre with much to offer and excellent and informative displays. Don't miss it out when visiting. It is on the outskirts of the town.
John Bristol (2 years ago)
Beautifully set out on the crest of a low hill on the edge of Pedraza village. Imposing facade with a false? moat on one side. Well preserved and interesting to visit, together with the village itself. Closed on Mondays.
Antina Hekkenberg (5 years ago)
Nice castle. Only tours in Spanish.
ChiChi W (5 years ago)
The castle was closed so we couldn't enter to visit but the views around here are quite pretty.
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