Vélez-Blanco Castle

Vélez-Blanco, Spain

According to an inscription in the courtyard, the Vélez-Blanco Castle was built between 1506 and 1515 after Fajardo received the lordship of the town from Ferdinand II and Isabella, took up residence there and was given the title of Marqués (1507) by Ferdinand, who was then regent. The heraldry of the principal areas of the castle, including the coat of arms of his second wife, Mencía de la Cueva, belongs to this period.

The castle is situated on a hill overlooking the town. An important aspect of this castle is its huge tower, Torre del Homenaje, which is over 20 m high, an emblematic element of the castle and a symbol of the power over the dominion. The stone structure, had wooden stairs, which could be removed in case of danger isolating the upper level as a last defense. There is a vast number of decorative elements topping its battlements. The building has been restored in stages during the second half of the 20th century, including the floors of the towers.

The fortified areas of the castle, particularly the defences and the Late Gothic east gallery of the courtyard, are examples of late 15th-century Spanish art.

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Founded: 1506
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Tam Quil (6 months ago)
The views are amazing. It was cold and super windy today
Sheila Sheila (7 months ago)
Not alot to see but they are trying to renovate so in time will be more to see. Went down onto town also velez rubio both worth a visit but dont bother going to maria not impressed at all.
Tom V (7 months ago)
Little hidden treasure that most tourists don’t know about. A great introduction to the areas of castles and all white villages.
Martin Baines (9 months ago)
A beautiful and interesting castle with great views. Free to enter.
Mark Parker (10 months ago)
A fantastic castle to visit with stunning views. Free entry and car park. We have been a few times and always a real pleasure.
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