The ruins of the ancient town of Castrotorafe, popularly known as Zamora la Vieja, are in San Cebrian de Castro, emplacement already located in the 12th century.

It was a medieval defensive site which appeared on the banks of Esla River. It keeps the walls built with slate masonry and mortar, and has 4.709 square meters, including the castle, the hermitage and the walls.

The best preserved is the castle, of two enclosures with irregular trapezoid shape. Inside of it, practically ruined, built with different materials and with a floor similar to the outside.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Felix (2 years ago)
Historia olvidada. Aun que queda poco es un lugar muy hermoso. Facebook: pueblos abandonados CyL
Adrián Fernández (2 years ago)
Monumento nacional y Bien de Interés Cultural de la provincia de Zamora. Digno de ver si se pasa por la zona, acceso por camino de tierra.
Miriam Nuñez (2 years ago)
Cuando visito sitios como este me da muchísima pena de que no haya resistido el paso del tiempo... los muros muestran la grandiosidad que debió ser...
Luis S. (2 years ago)
No está muy lejos de zamora, pero hace falta ir en coche particular. La visita merece la pena, ya que tanto los restos del castillo como el paisaje natural se unen para crear un entorno de lo más agradable. La señalización hace fácil el acceso, aunque sería bueno darlo a conocer más en la propia ciudad de Zamora. Un ejemplo imprescindible para conocer la provincia de Zamora que fue...
Carlos de Miguel (2 years ago)
Es un paraje muy bonito. Lástima que no esté más protegido. He visto arar con tractor dentro de la muralla...
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