Béjar Castle

Béjar, Spain

The Ducal Palace of Béjar was built after 1203 by Alfonso VIII. Although these already very reduced in the XIXth century, they still conserve some square and round towers and part of their perimeter bordering the oblong hill on which the old part is based. Béjar was a royal place, but with Enrique III, in 1396, it passed to the lordship of Diego López de Zúñiga or Estúñiga, whose successors will hold the title of dukes of that place, granted by the Catholic Monarchs.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain


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Naia bellido princesa (2 years ago)
Un lugar muy recomendable para visitar si estáis en Bejar, justo en la plaza mayor, la entrada muy económica 1,50 adultos y niños gratis, la chica que nos enseña todo una persona encantadora, que hace que pases una media hora aprendiendo con mucha simpatía todos los lugares del pueblo y Sierra, desde otra perspectiva,,,, es muy curioso y a los niñ@s y adultos nos encantó, no dudeis en subir y conocer la cámara oscura, antes de meternos en ella se puede ver las vistas desde el balcón y son impresionantes!!! Un acierto!!!!!!!
NateFlix (2 years ago)
Fuimos un grupo de niños y jóvenes y nos lo pasamos bien todos. Interesante ver todo lo que hay alrededor de Béjar a través de este aparato, y aprender un poco más de la historia de esta ciudad.
Tato Banito (2 years ago)
Muy interesante cosa curiosa y recomendable de visitar aparte de cómo te lo explica Carmen que es un encanto
oli rovi (2 years ago)
Muy recomendable! Si vais a visitar Bejar, recomiendan ir antes a ver la cámara oscura. La chica majisima, lo explica todo muy bien y el rato que estás lo hace muy entretenido.
Alvaro González (2 years ago)
Muy interesante y la chica que nos atendió muy amable. Llevamos a un chico de 4 años y le hizo juegos con las imágenes. Visita obligada en Béjar.
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The history of the castle is the subject of different legends. One of them narrates the origin of the name of castle derived from that of jester Becko for whom the Duke Stibor had the castle built.

Another legend has it that the lord of the castle had his servant thrown down from the rock because he protected his child from the lords favourite dog. Before his death, the servant pronounced a curse saying that they would meet in a year and days time, and indeed precisely after that time the lord was bitten by a snake and fell down to the same abyss.

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