Marquis de los Vélez Castle

Cuevas del Almanzora, Spain

Marquis de los Vélez Castle lies in the center of the town of Cuevas del Almanzora. The first fortification at this site was probably an Arab defensive watchtower, dating back to the late 13th or early 14th century.

The castle was built in the first half of the 16th century by Don Pedro Fajardo y Chacón, 1st Marquess of Los Vélez. Shortly before he also built Vélez-Blanco Castle, in which he resided, and around the same time Mula Castle in Murcia.

The castle has an irregular rectangular layout and inside its walls are a former Palace of the Marquis and a keep. This keep probably incorporated the older Arab tower.

Inside there is also a Casa de la Tercia, which is a fortified warehouse where taxes were collected and stored. This warehouse was built in the 18th century in neoclassical style. Later it was also used as a prison.

The castle houses today the Museo Antonio Manuel Campoy and one of Andalucía's premier modern art collections. Amassed by the celebrated Spanish art critic, this fascinating selection of paintings and sculpture includes works by the likes of Picasso, Miró and Tàpies.

Also of note is the gallery of Goya lithographs and the small archaeology museum devoted to the El Argar Bronze Age culture.

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Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Nick Prevett (14 months ago)
Not big when it comes to castles but still very interesting
John Bristol (15 months ago)
Very interesting treasure chest of the surprisingly rich history of Cuevas de Almanzora and of Almeria.
Jenny Spear (17 months ago)
Interesting place to visit.
David Bell (2 years ago)
It's worth a visit though the inside of the castle is an art gallery so not very castle like. It does have some great pictures and is well worth seeing just if you were expecting an old castle interior you may be disappointed
Michael Jefferson (2 years ago)
Worth a wonder but not much to see. We spent 10mins looking around before heading for the coast. It was pleasant enough though very hot! Nothing open even though we were there during opening hours. You can climb steps to the battlements on 2 sides for some nice views.
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