Villafuerte Castle

Villafuerte, Spain

Villafuerte Castle was erected in the 15th century, forming pat of the defensive line drawn alongside of the river. Its first lord was García Franco, a Jew who later on converted to Christianity. It might have been built in order to control his properties.

Its layout is of the so-called 'tower castle'; an almost square, small enclosure with round towers (with a 3-meter diameter) at 3 corners and the keep at the 4th, much like other castles such as Torrelobatón Castle. The keep which has lost its crenellations, consists of 5 floors; 2 vaulted and 3 wooden ones. All the floors communicate by one narrow, spiral wall staircase. The entrance to the keep is through a doorway, on a height of 7 meters, which could be reached by another spiral staircase from the courtyard and a movable wooden footbridge. The tower has been restored and furnished. Today it houses a museum.

References:

Comments

Your name

Website (optional)



Details

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

Rating

4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Carlos Becerra (17 months ago)
Muy interesante a visitar con guías excelentes.
H G (17 months ago)
Ayer se celebraba la comida de la mancomunidad, estaba todo el pueblo de Villafuerte y demás pueblos del Valle Esgueva, fue muy entrañable. El pueblo es precioso y muy diferente del resto del Valle, está en un alto, su castillo es magnífico y sus gentes muy acogedoras. Habían preparado unas carpas inmensas con mesas y sillas donde se sirvió una paella. Un buen día.
Rebeca Rodriguez Gonzalez (19 months ago)
Visita amena e interesante. Los niños lo pasan bomba jugando a luchas medievales y tirando con el arco. Muy recomendable.
Silvia Prieto Sardón (19 months ago)
Fue una visita muy interesante en la que vimos cómo vestían, cómo vivían y qué utensilios utilizaban las personas que habitaron ese castillo en su origen. Estuvimos dos horas y media. Al final los niños pudieron jugar con escudos, espadas y mazas lanzar flechas... Lo pasaron fenomenal. Tuvimos que reservar la visita con antelación. No lo muestran a diario. Recomendable con niños.
E dlF (3 years ago)
A hidden gem in the centre of the Castilian plateau
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circle

Easter Aquhorthies stone circle, located near Inverurie, is one of the best-preserved examples of a recumbent stone circle, and one of the few that still have their full complement of stones. It consists of a ring of nine stones, eight of which are grey granite and one red jasper. Two more grey granite stones flank a recumbent of red granite flecked with crystals and lines of quartz. The circle is particularly notable for its builders' use of polychromy in the stones, with the reddish ones situated on the SSW side and the grey ones opposite.

The placename Aquhorthies derives from a Scottish Gaelic word meaning 'field of prayer', and may indicate a 'long continuity of sanctity' between the Stone or Bronze Age circle builders and their much later Gaelic successors millennia later. The circle's surroundings were landscaped in the late 19th century, and it sits within a small fenced and walled enclosure. A stone dyke, known as a roundel, was built around the circle some time between 1847 and 1866–7.