Belalcázar Castle

Belalcázar, Spain

The castle-palace of Belalcázar is one of the most representative of the 15th century, when the nobility attempted to demonstrate its social and economic status.

Built entirely of stone blocks, Belalcazar preserves two enclosures: an outer barrier adapted to the irregularities of the land and reinforced with rectangular towers, and the inner rectangular castle-palace with eight towers, one at each corner and another in the center of each side. All eight towers are of average height except for the eastern and principal tower, which rises noticeably above the rest.

In the 15th century, some Renaissance construction was added to improve the accommodations of the palace, which were insufficient in the old principal tower.The castle was built by the magnate Gutierre de Sotomayor, grand master of Alcantara, with the benefices he earned from his various possessions. The castle later passed on to the houses of Benavente and Osuna. In 1811, during the War of Independence, French troops defended the castle against a siege by the duke of Wellington's British troops.The exterior of the fortress is almost entirely intact, but nothing remains of the interior structure.



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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain


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Antonio Carmona (6 months ago)
Great table service, very spacious. good card
Anabel Sanchez (7 months ago)
Today we have been able to visit the castle and it is beautiful. In addition to having a great guide and archaeologist, who accurately explains all the history that surrounds it.
Rafael Sánchez Marín (7 months ago)
Apart from the nonsense of the reservation system and the lack of empathy of those who manage it, in the middle of the Constitution bridge it occurs to them to fix on Sunday during visiting hours at 4:00 p.m., the "lighting problems in a vault"; regrettable. To settle for seeing it in the distance while you enjoy the laundry, the fountain and a great snack at the Albergue del Camino De Santiago.
Antonia Gonzalez Jimenez (7 months ago)
Very nice but too many steps, not everyone can climb
jenny p (8 months ago)
Caution If you go in a group !!, ... how was my case, (they did not indicate specific instructions), only that you had to write an email the Monday before. When requesting the visit, they answered us that it can only be done for 2 adults and 2 minors, for a group it must be done through an official body. So we tried to reserve 2 by 2. From 4 couples to 2 they gave a reservation and the others did not. A shame to have this heritage and not know how to manage it, things are not done that way ......
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