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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Raquel Martínez (17 months ago)
Es muy bonito el castillo pero es una propiedad privada y no puedes entrar a verlo
José Luis Rodríguez (17 months ago)
Muy chulo, como el resto del pueblo y alrededores, pero es privado y no se puede entrar
Elisabet Velazquez Hernandez (17 months ago)
Muy coqueto, sería chulo poder entrar dentro. Está muy bien conservado
fecarve fecarve 310151 (18 months ago)
Me encanta. Ademas tengo la suerte de conocerlo por dentro y por fuera, por ser amigo de su propietario Salvador Ll. Al que le mando un abrazo.
Jorge García Rodríguez (2 years ago)
"The castle" is just the tower of a largest castle, but it's one of the best preserved ones in the region. Really impressive.
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