Almodóvar del Río Castle

Almodóvar del Río, Spain

The town of Almodovar del Rio played an extremely important role in the Middle Ages owing to its strategic location on a hill around 252 metres high next to the Guadalquivir river, which at that time was navigable for small vessels. The traces of multiple cultures, amongst which are Islam and Christianity, can be evidenced in the architectural style of this unique building. In the year 756, this fortress became the estate of the Moorish Prince Al’delMalik Ben Qatan and from 758 onwards it passed into the hands of the Emirate of Cordoba in the reign of Abderraman I.

During the 10th century it was tied entirely to the Caliphate of Cordoba, going on to belong in the 10th and 12th centuries to the Taifa of Carmona, subsequently to the Taifa of Sevilla and finally to the Almohad Empire.

The Moorish King Abed Mohammed de Baeza would later die at the gates of the Castle during the 13th century in 1226, the year in which the fort fell into Christian hands having been handed over to Fernando III ‘The Saint’. Henceforth, the castle would go on to be subjected to successive extensions initiated by the Castilian Kings D. Pedro I of Castile and Enrique II of Trastamara. Meanwhile, Alfonso XI ‘The Just’ and Pedro I ‘The Cruel’ would also end up getting involved in these extensions.

The castle has played host to myriad events over the course of its history. Figures such as Doña Juana de Lara (wife of Prince Don Tello, stepbrother of King Pedro I) have been imprisoned within its walls, it has housed the treasures of Castile and its dungeons have been impenetrable witnesses to the agony of illustrious prisoners such as the 1st Duke of Benavente. Amongst other to have figured in its history are governors Don Alfonso Diaz de Vargas, Diego Fernandez de Cordova and Gonzalo Fernandez de Cordova.

Al-Mudawar Al-Adna went on to be called Almodovar del Rio, in reference to the municipality in the province of Cordoba which is home to one of the most magnificent and best kept castles in Spain.

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Founded: 8th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Meredith Powell (2 months ago)
It was a nice castle situated on top of a hill near Almodóvar del Río which is a cute quiet town. The castle pays tribute to its appearance in Game of Thrones, and has a bit of history you can learn about the place. It's worth seeing, although we didn't spend much time there, because there isn't much to do besides walking around and seeing the castle. Still enjoyable!
Ramūnas Kriščiūnas (5 months ago)
Amazing palace. If you arrive a bit before opening hours it is possible to find parking (free) spot at the top of the hill next to castle. Or you can park down the hill and have a nice 10 minute hike uphill. Almost at the top there will be track to right with sogn of panoramic view. It is worth to go around the castle from outside. Track will end up at the parking lot at the entrance of castle.
Michael Zens (8 months ago)
Well rebuild castle which gives a good impression on how it was in the old days. A bit more background on signs etc would be helpful. I guess a must for "game of thrones" fans, as you see signs about which was filmed where.
Lucia Nunez (10 months ago)
One of the best castles I have visited in Spain. They made an effort for the visit to be informative and to incorporate technology into it. I particularly liked the room with the videos and the historical figures talking to each other :)
Dominic Monkhouse (11 months ago)
On a rather hot day during the heat wave, nothing could spoil a few hours running around a castle. The late Duke was either a genius or insane. To rebuild a medieval stone fortress with your own money. Mental....but the result is sensational.
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