Marchenilla Castle was built during the times of Muslim domination, in the 11th and 12th centuries, although after the Reconquest by Ferdinand III is when it acquired its definitive layout. Important development was still taking place right up to the late 15th and early 16th century.

The Castle is located on a promontory which is high enough to completely dominate the surroundings, in the same place as previous human settlement was to be found in the Bronze Age.



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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain


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César L. (6 months ago)
Another castle located very close to the town of Alcalá de Guadaira, is in a magnificent state, at least on the outside, however I could not enter and enjoy its interior.
Juanma Verdugo (8 months ago)
In very good condition
jesus camacho (11 months ago)
Un bonito y pintoresco sitio. Combina la obra medieval con añadidos para su posterior función como cortijo, que ha detenido el deterioro que se observa en otros castillos de similares características. Llegando a un conjunto bastante armónico. Aún no hemos visitado su interior, creo que las visitas se realizan los sábados a las 10 h., no se puede fotografiar el interior.
jesus camacho (11 months ago)
A nice and picturesque place. It combines medieval work with additions for its later function as a farmhouse, which has stopped the deterioration observed in other castles with similar characteristics. Reaching a fairly harmonious set. We have not yet visited its interior, I believe that the visits take place on Saturdays at 10 am, you cannot photograph the interior.
Alfonso Moyano (12 months ago)
An inhabited castle, with a wall and a keep from the 14th century. Its interior has been adapted over the years, becoming a small farmhouse. It has a consecrated chapel that has been operational until 2003. The visit is guided by the owner. A very friendly and cultured man who is very interested in the visitor taking a pleasant memory. It can only be visited on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You have to reserve.
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