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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G. Silviu (10 months ago)
Very nice Castle, you can take also a guided tour, definitely recommend it
Wanxin Xu (10 months ago)
It's very nice but on Agoda it said there was private parking but there wasn't. Turns out it needed reservation. Otherwise, its good
Andrew Catmur (10 months ago)
Absolutely fabulous place. Great for children and adults. We were there late afternoon and the light was fantastic. A dream castle with a fascinating history.
Richard Froggatt (14 months ago)
Very enjoyable couple of hours. It helps, of course, if you have an interest in history and castles but this is a well preserved (partly rebuilt) example and the additions of armaments displays and other information enhance the experience. Almost worth the admission fee (9 euros/adult) just for the views!
KELLY HENDRIX (15 months ago)
It was a fun place to spend an hour on our drive to Seville. I was watching season 7 of game of thrones on the plane home and saw quite a few of the places in the castle we had just visited. Fun! A lot of the people walking through the castle were GOT fans. The restoration was incredible. They've obviously put a lot of time, money, and effort into restoring this castle.
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