Monleón Castle

Monleón, Spain

Located at the western end of the Monleón village, next to a steep area that dominates the confluence of the Carnicero stream with the Alagón river, Monleón Castle was raised in the 13th century as part of the defensive walls that surround the village.

Its groundplan is an irregular trapeze, with the keep in the middle. The north and east wall of the enclosure are built later than the others, to obtain a fortified perimeter that defended the tower from inside the village. The square keep is made up of large granite blocks reinforced with ashlar masonry at its corners. The top is fitted with 8 turrets. In medieval times the keep could be accessed on the second floorlevel by means of a removable stair or drawbridge. Its interior was fitted with five floors.

In 1477 the castle was besieged by the troops of King Fernando the Catholic. The reason for this was that its lord; a Salamancan knight, Don Bernardo Maldonado the Tyrant, had been manufacturing false currency amongst other crimes that caused great damage to the surrounding territories.

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

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Eva Hidalgo (4 months ago)
On the outside it imposes a lot, it transmits strength. I would give it more points if it could be visited. With the collection of the tickets you could contribute to the maintenance of the castle.
alfredo (alsaga) (7 months ago)
A past castle, a pity that it cannot be visited inside as it is private property. As a lover of this type of construction I have to say that I liked it a lot, one of the most I've seen. The main part is very close to the houses, so its panoramic view cannot be appreciated in more detail. To do this you have to go to the back, although it is not as beautiful as the front. Not much can be said about the rest of the town, the highlight is the beautiful castle.
Miguel R (8 months ago)
You cannot visit inside. It is from an individual. If one goes through the area, it is good to make a stop to visit the surroundings of the Castle.
Antonio Gonzalez Bote (10 months ago)
Beautiful, I loved it, they did not let us see it inside because it is a house, which by the way was RESTORED with public money, with SUBSIDIES, that is how the Country Called Spain works.
Carmen Núñez (12 months ago)
People that are worth nothing. It is not worth the visit. Of course, if you see something that you want to take from the town you can do it. They think that if you drop something on the ground they can catch it and not return it. Be careful, it seems that taking a tourist is not stealing. With that I already tell you everything about this town. Do not go because there are also thousands of more beautiful towns
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