Medinaceli Castle

Medinaceli, Spain

Medinaceli Castle was built in the 9th century and rebuilt in the 15th century. There aren’t many remains left of this castle which was of great importance during the Middle Ages. According to legends, inside the castle, which is now completely restored, there was an Arabic citadel where Al-Mansur was buried after being defeated and killed in the Battle of Calatañazor in 1002, although, there aren’t any remains of this citadel.

The strategic situation of Medinaceli, in the middle of the Jalón River valley, the natural passageway between Aragon and the Castilian Plateau, turned it into a key battleground between Muslims and Christians. Legend has it that Al-Mansur, the “Invincible” died here and was buried “in the depths of hell”. El Cid took over the city, which was under Muslim domain, and was lucky enough that there was an exceptional chronicler that immortalised him in art form. According to Menéndez Vidal, one of the minstrels of Cantar del Mío Cid was from Medinaceli or from this region.



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


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Jesus C.V. (16 months ago)
Del castillo como tal no queda demasiado, en el interior de sus muros se localiza el cementerio. Lo que más merece la pena es acercarse a contemplar las vistas que desde el hay.
Toño Rodríguez (16 months ago)
El castillo la verdad e visto unos cuantos y es muy normalito, pero medinaceli es un pueblo presioso
Marina (19 months ago)
Chulo, aunque está bastante derruido. Está cerrado y en el interior ahora hay el cementerio. Comparado con el otro cementerio que está al lado de la A-2, en el del castillo se debe estar de muerte!! Muy bonitas vistas de la zona
Daniel VB (2 years ago)
Un castillo muy bonito, rodeado de historia. La atención de la chica de la oficina de turismo fue impecable y muy atenta.
Lindsey Blair (3 years ago)
Great structure but no information about it on site.
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