Villalonso Castle

Villalonso, Spain

Villalonso Castle is one of the best conserved castles in the province of Zamora. The castle is a typical and notable example of 15th-century architecture; its construction may be attributed to Juan de Ulloa and his wife María de Sarmiento, whose coats of arms can be seen above the entrance gate. It played an important role during the siege of the queen Isabel the Catholic on Toro during her war against Juan 'La Beltraneja' and during the comunero rebelion against Carlos V.

In 1235 there was an earlier fortification at this site belonging to the Order of Alcántara. During the wars of the Catholic Kings against the King of Portugal, Villalonso Castle, along with other castles in the area, was in the hands of Pedro de Avendaño, in the name of the Portuguese king. At that time the count of Marialba, having fled the town of Toro, sought refuge in the castle shortly before the conquest of this city by the Castilian forces. The castle also played a role, although of small importance, in the War of the Communities.

The castle consisted of two enclosures and a wide moat still visible although mostly covered up.The outside enclosure has not been preserved. The interior one has been partially preserves. It is square and has cubes in the corners and a Tower of Homage, also square, in the centre of one of the sides, topped with a beautiful running crenellation.



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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain


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Alexia Morales (46 days ago)
Muy bonito desde fuera. Nos habrá gustado verlo por dentro también.
ruben cordido valdes (2 months ago)
Very beautiful
map 10 (2 months ago)
Sitio muy cuidado, castillo muy bonito y en buen estado Bien en general
Momenticos by Rocio Vega (4 months ago)
Villalonso Castle is the perfect place for your big day. The ancient architecture and the beautiful surroundings will make you remember your wedding day with nostalgia. Its great views and outdoor dining are sure to make your day as special as you want it to be. As a wedding photographer it was a pleasure to capture moments in this wonderful place.
Jesús Manuel F. (6 months ago)
Superb and majestic Solemn defensive castle of ashlar limestone walls. Well preserved and well used for various events.
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