Ampudia Castle

Ampudia, Spain

First built in the 13th century, but thoroughly altered in the 15th century, Ampudia Castle has a square plan with a gothic central courtyard and 4 towers on each corner. Half of the castle complex is surrounded by a barbican defended by cylindrical towers.

It belonged to different owners such as Juan Alfonso de Alburquerque, Sancho de Rojas and Pedro Garcia Herrera (Marsical of Castille) among others.

In 1521 it was assaulted and occupied by the Comuneros (Castillan independentists who fought against Charles I of Spain) headed by the belicious bishop Acuna. It was later retaken for the Crown by the Duke of Lerma.

Today Ampudia Castle is a private property, but its grounded departments can be visited on a guided tour. Other parts of the castle like the upper levels or the keep are not open for visit.



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


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luis javier martin martin (2 years ago)
Precioso por fuera, muy bien conservado. Por dentro no tuve posibilidad de verlo. Muy bonito. Una joya.
A. Isabel Fernández Díaz (2 years ago)
Castillo reconstruido, muy bonito, es museo y las zonas superiores no se pueden visitar. Lo avisa bien la chica antes de entrar, que por cierto es muy agradable y te da una buena explicación de su historia sin obligación. 5€ la entrada.
Beatriz Domínguez (2 years ago)
Highly recommended. The visit is very interesting. Teresa welcomed us wonderfully. He explained everything to us in great detail and with great closeness and sympathy.
Miguel A. Valverde (2 years ago)
suan dezamora (2 years ago)
A beautiful castle, both outside and inside, very well preserved. Right now it does not have guided tours, it only has a free visit and only to the ground floor, the price is € 4 per person, it is still worth it. Everything is marked with QR codes to find out what you see. The rest of the town is also very worthwhile.
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