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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Juan Carlos Aristu Garcia (2 years ago)
El castillo de Sotomayor Zúñiga y Madróñiz, pertenece a los condes de Belalcázar, donde residían, está situado en la localidad de Belalcázar, Córdoba, España y data del Siglo. XV. La piedra es de granito y está formada por 8 torres prismáticas, destacando la Torre del Homenaje con 47 metros de altura. En 2018 se realizó una gran reforma para mantener el castillo, debiendo cerrar al público. Por su localización, el castillo de Belalcázar se divisa desde tierras lejanas.
Gonzalo Hernández Rodríguez (3 years ago)
Una auténtica joya que deberíamos tener mejor cuidada y enfocada al turismo.
Ana Medina (3 years ago)
El castillo es único y precioso lo recomiendo y visitar el pueblo es muy bonito para pasear y tapear ,es una experiencia única
Melissa Schober (3 years ago)
Beautiful views from the castle to the valley below. Enormous stork nests to be seen.
Francisco Arevalo (3 years ago)
Bonito para dar un paseo por fuera y por el pueblo, pero no se puede visitar y le faltaría un arreglo para atraer más turismo. Una pena los grafitis que se ven desde fuera.
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