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When you visit Spain you should take time to visit some of the beautiful castles. They are amazing and beautiful. Many of them are open to the public and offer tours.
The Alhambra castle is beautiful with its red towers and fortress walls. Alhambra castle is built with the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the background. Spain’s Alhambra castle is the best preserved of its Arabian palaces.
One of the Granada's Zirid Sultans built the first Alhambra palace in the 11th century. In the 13th and 14th century the Nasrid emirs made the Alhambra into a fortress-palace.
When the Catholic Monarchs reclaimed Andalusia, and they eventually replaced the Alhambra s mosque with a church.
The Alhambra Palace was abandoned to thieves and homeless people in the 18th century. When Napoleon was in control of Spain, the Alhambra castle was used as a barracks for French soldiers.
Over 2 million people visit the Alhambra castle every year. Tours are available.
The medieval castle, Fuensaldana, resembles an ancient Roman desert fort. It has walls that rise from the Spanish plains that are made out of yellow and red bricks. The Fuensaldana castle has a great keep that has four corner towers that dominate the castle. A smaller Torre de Homenaje is set in the north wall.
The Fuensaldana castle has a simple wooden drawbridge. Al access to the castle was by a drawbridge. The Fuensaldana castle was built in the 15th century by Don Alfonso Perez de Vireo, who was the treasurer of King John II.
When you visit Spain take the time to go and visit the Fuensaldana castle that is located in Valladolid Province. You will enjoy the trip.
The Ampudia Castle was built in the 13th century, and many changes were made to the castle in the 15th century. A square plan was used in the castle. It has a Gothic courtyard and four towers located on each corner.
About half of the castle complex is surrounded by a Barbican that is defended by cylindrical towers.
The Ampudia castle had many owners including Juan Alfonso de Albuquerque, Sancho de Rojas and Pedro Garcia Herrera.
The castle was attacked and occupied by the Comuneros who were lead by the bishop Acuna in 1621. The Duke of Lerma later took the castle for the Crown.
The Ampudia castle is now private property. Tourists can see parts of the castle by taking a guided tour.
Alcazar of Segovia Castle
The Alcazar of Segovia castle was a favorite place to live for the kings of Castilla. They took the small castle to a beautiful palace. The original castle was built in an old Arab stronghold. This was a very strategic position for a castle. King Alfonso VI started construction of the castle in the late 11th century.
Isabel was named the Queen of the Castle in the Alcazar of Segovia in 1474. The castle had an artificial moat built around it. This offered the castle added protections. Each king that lived in Alcazar of Segovia changed the castle to suit himself.
The castle was built using the Spanish Gothic architecture. In the 1800s, most of the castle's interior was destroyed by fire. The castle has been repaired and is quite impressive.
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