Cabra Castle

Cabra, Spain

The Castle of Cabra was raised, within the walled enclosure  in the North West of the present town, on a spot high enough to overlook the whole town. It is said that it had a central square surrounded by a strong wall with eighteen towers where eight or ten thousand men could march. At present, most of what remains, it is enclosed within the constructions of the present School of the Escolapias. Among the constructions we have been able to locate the wall, of which something more than half still remains and to track the rest until we were able to determine, quite accurately, the plant of the enclosure which must have been quadrangular, of about 76x47m. The thickness of the walls is about two meters and sixty centimetres, approximately. The fact that the rest of the walls- and possibly of towers are surrounded by modern constructions hinders their thorough study.

As far as the towers are concerned, we can say that two of them are well known, plus the location of other two, that were to the sides of the present front door to the enclosure. In the centre of the East wall and half way out is the tower of Homage. It is almost square shaped and it is more than twenty meters high. At about eleven meter above ground level there is a squared chamber with an eight sided vault ceiling with tubes in the angles. The other tower is located in the northwest angle. It is of squared plant, with the angle that looks to the interior of the chamfered enclosure. The lower part is massive and in the upper part there is a chamber with a barrel vault. It still keeps about ten meters of its height and its maximum surface on the plant is 6.5×6.3m.

Of the other two acknowledged towers there only remain their foundations upon which modern constructions have risen.

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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Ken Cranitch (7 months ago)
Amazing wedding venue. We had our wedding here recently, and over a few days as a lot of guests were travelling to it. The staff were amazing, all our guests who booked in the night before were contacted the morning of the wedding to see if they wanted any servicing of the room done (fresh towels, bed sheets, etc). We had the ceremony on site and again everything was set up in plenty time and allowed our wedding suppliers to get things arranged in advance that morning. They were extremely accommodating to the dietary requirements of our guests as there was a combination of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free. Absolutely nothing was left wanting. And the level of service did not change for our second day in the small bar that can be booked for functions. Hats off to the staff, they are amazing.
Heather Gray (7 months ago)
From the minute we arrived at Cabra Castle we knew it would be fantastic. Check in was effortless. It was our son's wedding. I can honestly say that I have never been anywhere where there has been better staff. Nothing was a problem or imposition and every one of them were so friendly. The Castle is wonderful,food was delicious rooms were great. All our guests had a wonderful time some have booked to go back So from everyone that joined us to celebrate the Armour/Gray wedding thank you all so much for making our stay with you so special. We'll done outstanding Cabra Castle.??
Kate Hise (7 months ago)
We came to Cabra Castle in June for a wedding and booked two courtyard rooms. The rooms themselves were cozy and everything we needed was there. The rooms don't look quite as vibrant as they do in the website photos, but they are spacious and very comfortable. The castle and grounds are just beautiful, and we really enjoyed walking around and taking in the scenery. From start to finish, the service was excellent and we would love to come visit again.
Ciaran McNeill (7 months ago)
Stayed here for 3 nights at my brothers wedding. Beautiful castle hotel situated on a stunning property that was very well manicured. Rooms were lovely and breakfast was a big hit. Bar food was delicious and excellent pints. Highly recommended.
Matt Anderson (8 months ago)
All I can say is WOW. This place is absolutely awesome. It’s beautiful! The staff are wonderful, courteous and so polite. They truly go out of their way to make sure you leave stay is worth while. You feel welcomed as soon as you meet the first person. The whole property is just gorgeous. Totally worth every penny it cost to stay here. Recommended!!!!!!!!
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