Consuegra Castle

Cerro Calderico Consuegra (Toledo).

This place is not registered in any route yet.

Cultural Visit

The fortress began to be built in the middle of the 9th century during the splendour  period of the caliphate of Cordoba, its construction being completed in the middle of 13th century by the knights of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, over 350 years of uninterrupted construction and since then three different castles can be visited in a single building.

The order made it the capital of an extensive priory. The cession of the castle and its alfóz was made in 1183 by Alfonso VIII to the knights, although the fortress had been already reconquered by Alfonso VI, exactly one hundred year before, being the place of constant war, it was lost going from Christians to Muslims repeatedly so that finally moving to the kingdom of Castile.

The enlargements and reforms of the castle continued throughout the centuries to adapt gradually to the uses and customs of each era, providing it with a archive, chapel, chapterhouse, water cisterns, powerful defenses (it was necessary to break 7 doors to access to the central core of the strength and the average thickness of its walls is 4.5 meters and the height of its towers of 30 meters, which together with its strategic position, gave it an impregnable aspect).

Its last extension was made in the XVII century with the intention of housing a new hermitage. The fortress remained inhabited until the beginning of the 19th century. In the year 1813 the building was blown up by Napoleon's troops and left in ruins. In 1837 Mendizábal expropriate the castle to be finally acquired by the City Council in 1962.

It is currently in the rehabilitation phase having recovered 50% of the castle. Today it is possible to visit two of three water cisterns, gallery, archives shed, hermitage, chapterhouse, albarrana tower, terraces,  garden, barbican and the steps of the round, being used for theatrical performances and cultural events.

Schedule

Monday to Friday:

  • From 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:30 to 19:00h.

Saturdays, Sundays and holidays:

  • From 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:30 to 19:00h.

Closed:

  • December 25
  • January 01 and 06.

Location

Address:

Consuegra Calderico Hill (Toledo).

How to get there:

Motorway CM – 42 Km. 59. Motorway A – 4 km 122 exit A.

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