Abaluartado Castle was built in 1563 by Juan Manrique de Lara. It was built in new Renaissance style, coming from Italy, and was designed to defence agains new powerful gunpowder cannons.

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Founded: 1563
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Manuel De Pedro Anton (3 years ago)
De lo que eran capaces de levantar nuestros ancestros y que ahora nosotros no sepamos valer conservar.
sonia diez garcia (3 years ago)
Ruinas de antiguo castillo. Me ha gustado imaginar cómo sería en su buena época
Mariano Rodríguez Nieto (3 years ago)
Interesante historia del castillo
Johnny Rumbao (3 years ago)
Magníficas vistas, bastante descuido.... Pero un entorno espectacular
Estefania Vega (3 years ago)
Un buen lugar para respirar profundo i ponerte a pensar tranquilamente respirando aire puro i unas magnificas vistas de nuestro querido pueblo san Leonardo de yague
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