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37 of the Best Spanish Castles and Palaces (Photos)

One of the most famous palaces in the world is in Spain. It's simply known as Alhambra. But that's not the only spectacular palace or castle in this magnificent country. There are many others. We feature dozens of our favorites.
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Collection of incredible Spanish castles and palaces

Spain has a long history of building castles, fortresses and palaces. Many that are several centuries old are still around and are very well preserved.

If ever you go to Spain or are there now, take a day to visit one of these incredible structures. Spain’s history is extremely rich. Fortress like structures were built before the Romans inhabited the place and since then many incredible castles, palaces and fortresses have been built for defense and of course luxurious residences for the monarchs and other wealthy people.

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Alcazar Castle

Alcazar Castle

Alcazar Castle

Alcazar Castle

Alcazar Castle

Alcazar Castle

Located in the city of Segovia, the Alcazar Castle was originally built as a Roman fort built by the Berber Almoravid dynasty in the 11th century. King Alfonso X had to rebuild the castle in 1258 upon a cave-in, then the Hall of Kings was built to house Parliament soon after, followed by the addition of the “New Tower”, built by King John II. This “New Tower” was named after King John II, John II tower as it is known today. From being a fortress, the Alcazar castle has served as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy until it was named as a museum and a military archives building, which is also a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

About the Alcazar Castle

  • Where: Segovia, Spain
  • When: 11th Century
  • Who built it: Berber Almoravid Dynasty
  • Style: Moorish Architecture
  • What is it now? Currently serving as a museum and a military archives building / UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Current owner: Government of Segovia, Spain
The Alhambra Palace in Spain

The Alhambra Palace in Spain

The Alhambra Palace, also known as the “Red One”, or the “Red Castle” is located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally built as a small fortress in AD 889 from the remains of Roman fortifications until its ruins were rebuilt by A Nasrid Dynasty noble, Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada in the mid-13th century, who built its current palace and walls. In 1333, Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada converted the fortress into a palace, then in the 15th century, the palace was altered in the Renaissance style. The Alhambra Palace underwent massive destruction later on and was restored and protected. Today, the palace serves as a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

About the Alhambra Palace

  • Where: Granada, Andalusia, Spain
  • When: 13th century
  • Who built it: Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada
  • Style: Renaissance style / Islam Architecture
  • What is it now? UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Current owner: Government of Granada, Spain

Learn more about Alhambra Palace here.

Aljaferia Palace

Aljaferia Palace

The Aljaferia Palace, located in the Taifa of Zaragoza of Al-Andalus, known currently as Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain was built during the 11th century to serve as a fortified medieval Islamic palace. It became the residence of the Christian kings of Aragon after the reconquest of Zaragoza in 1118 by the “the Battler” Alfonso of Aragon. The Aljaferia palace was used as a royal residence by Peter IV of Aragon “the Ceremonious” designed in Renaissance style, then underwent many reforms, damages and changes until it was restored during the 20th century, housing the Parliament of Aragon.

About the Aljaferia Palace

  • Where: Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
  • When: 11th century
  • Who built it:Abu Jaffar Al-Muqtadir
  • Style: Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon / Moorish Architecture
  • What is it now? UNESCO World Heritage Site / House of the Parliament of Aragon
  • Current owner: Government of Aragon, Spain
Alquezar knight's Castle

Alquezar knight’s Castle

Situated on a hill in the Aragon, Spain, the Alquezar Knight’s Castle is a medieval Arab stronghold constructed by the Muslim army to defend their land during the 9th century following the orders of Arabic military general Jalaf ibn Rasid on behalf of the noble of Zaragoza. The stronghold was seized by the Christian armies under the direct command of Sancho Ramirez during the re-conquest of Spain in 1067 and later on became a property of the Kingdom of Aragon and later on the Kingdom of Spain. It was later on declared as a National Artistic Historical Monument of Spain and is listed as part of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

About the Alquezar knight’s Castle

  • Where: Aragon, Spain
  • When: 9th century
  • Who built it: Arabic military general Jalaf ibn Rasid
  • Style: Medieval Architecture
  • What is it now? UNESCO World Heritage Site / National Artistic Historical Monument of Spain
  • Current owner: Government of Aragon, Spain
Atalaya Castle

Atalaya Castle

The Atalaya Castle, also known as Castillo de la Atalaya locally is located in Villena province of Alicante, Spain. The exact date of the castle’s construction is unknown, but it was believed that the castle was built by Muslims over the site of a former Roman fortification. The castle was notably resisted three different sieges laid by James I of Aragon until he finally able to conquer it in 1240. Encouraged by the Catholic Monarchs in 1476, the citizens of Villena rebelled against the marquisses and killed numbers of Jews and conversos taking refuge in the castle. After this incident, the castle never return to be the residence of the marquisses, instead, it became a royal possession. Today, the castle is a Historical-Artistic Monument declared in 1931.

About the Atalaya Castle

  • Where: Villena, Alicante, Spain
  • When: Unknown
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Medieval Architecture
  • What is it now? Historical-Artistic Monument / Open to public
  • Current owner: Government of Villena, Spain
Butron Castle, Spain

Butrón Castle, Spain

Butron Castle, Spain

Butrón Castle, Spain

The Butrón Castle is a medieval castle located in Gatika, province of Biscay, north of Spain. It was originally a towerhouse, back in 13th century until the fifth Lord of Butrón turned it into a castle in the 14th century. The castle witnessed bloody battles and was deserted, but it was restored in the late 19th century by architect Francisco de Cubas and became open to the public.

About the Butrón Castle

  • Where: Gatika, Spain
  • When: 14th century
  • Who built it: Fifth Lord of Butrón
  • Style: Medieval Architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: Government of Gatika, Spain
Castell d'en Plajan

Castell d’en Plaja

The Castell d’en Plaja is a house-castle built by the Girona industrialist, Narcís Plaja commissioning the Girona architect, Isidor Bosch in the middle of the 20th century. It is situated at the end of the Sa Caleta Beach and is private property.

About the Castell d’en Plaja

  • Where: Girona, Spain
  • When: 20th century
  • Who built it: Girona industrialist Narcís Plaja
  • Style: Medieval-inspired Architecture
  • What is it now? Private property
  • Current owner: Unknown
Castell de Bellver

Castell de Bellver

A gothic style castle situated on the center of Palma on the island of Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain, the Bellver Castle was built in the 14th century for King James II of Majorca, serving as the residence for the Kings of Mallorca. The castle resisted two major sieges and only fallen once in its history into enemy hands. It was turned into a prison and held big names in its custody. In 1931, the Spanish Second Republic granted the castle to the city of Palma, together with the forest surrounding it. It was turned into a museum a year after and was restored in 1976 to serve as the city’s History Museum.

About the Castell de Bellver

  • Where: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • When: 14th century
  • Who built it: King James II of Majorca
  • Style: Gothic style
  • What is it now? Spanish Property of Cultural Interest
  • Current owner: Palma de Mallorca City Council
Castillo de Almodovar del Rio

Castillo de Almodovar del Rio

Originated as a Roman fort built in the 8th century built by the Emirate of Córdoba, the Castillo de Almodóvar del Río underwent several renovations and reconstructions during the Middle Ages. During the 14th century, Alfonso XI ordered the restoration of the castle. Then between 1901 and 1936, Rafael Desmaissieres, 12th Count of Torralva commissioned architect Adolfo Fernández Casanova to lead the restoration. Today, the castle is currently open to the public.

About the Castillo de Almodovar del Rio

  • Where: Cordova, Spain
  • When: 8th century
  • Who built it: Emirate of Córdoba
  • Style: Moorish architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: Government of Cordova, Spain
Castillo de San Servando in Toledo, Spain

Castillo de San Servando in Toledo, Spain

The Castillo de San Servando or San Servando Castle originated from a Visigothic monastery, possibly founded in the 7th century. Toledo was then conquered by the Umayyads in the early 8th century and the monastery was transformed into an Arab castle. Toledo was once again captured in 1085, this time by the Christian army of King Alfonso VI of Castile. He reconstructed it into a fortified monastery, which was attacked and destroyed by the Almoravids during the care of the French Abbey of St. Victor in Marseille. Later in that same century, the ruined complex was donated to the Knights Templar by King Alfonso VIII of Castile, rebuilding the Castillo de San Servando.

About the Castillo de San Servando

  • Where: Toledo, Spain
  • When: 7th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Gothic style
  • What is it now? Youth Hostel
  • Current owner: Government of Toledo, Spain
Zafra Castle

Zafra Castle

The Castle of Zafra in the municipality of Campillo de Dueñas, in Guadalajara, Spain is a castle built in the late 13th century by the Kingdom of Aragon. The kingdom founded the castle at the exact site where the former Visigothic and Moorish fortifications were constructed that was conquered by the Christian kingdoms of the north of Spain in the 12th century. It was never conquered, having managed to resist the battle against the King of Castile in the 13th century and successfully completed the Reconquista at the end of the 15th century. Upon losing its military significance, the castle fell into ruin in the following centuries, but later on restored by its private owners.

About the Zafra Castle

  • Where: Guadalajara, Spain
  • When: 13th century
  • Who built it: Kingdom of Aragon
  • Style: Sandstone castle
  • What is it now? Private property
  • Current owner: Private owner

The Castillo de Colomares is a monument, in the form of a castle designed in the Gothic style. It was built near Benalmádena in Spain, between 1987 and 1994, dedicated to the life and adventures of Christopher Columbus.

About the Castillo Monumento Colomares

  • Where: Benalmádena, Spain
  • When: 1987-1994
  • Who built it: For Christopher Columbus
  • Style: Gothic style
  • What is it now? Open to the public / Tourist attraction
  • Current owner: Government of Benalmádena
Castle in Belmonte

Castle of Belmonte

A medieval castle on the hill of San Cristobal, province of Cuenca in Spain, The Castillo de Belmonte was declared a historic monument within the National Artistic Treasury by a decree of 3 June 1931 and is currently a Bien de Interés Cultural. Don Juan Pacheco, first Marquis de Villena ordered its construction during the second half of the 15th century. After the death of Don Juan Pacheco, the castle was abandoned in two centuries until Empress Eugenia de Montijo and her architect Alejandro Sureda started restoring the property in the 19th century, however, after the Empress’ death, her great-nephew, the Duke of Penaranda, Hernando Fitz-James Stuart e Falco failed to continue its restoration, resulting to the castle being abandoned again. It was finally restored completely in summer 2010 and opened to the public, by the new owner, the descendants of the Empress’ sister Maria Francisca de Sales Portocarrero.

About the Castle of Belmonte

  • Where: San Cristobal, Cuenca,  Spain
  • When: 15th century
  • Who built it: Don Juan Pacheco
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? National Artistic Treasury / Bien de Interés Cultural / Open to the public
  • Current owner: Maria Francisca de Sales Portocarrero
Castle of Arteaga

Castle of Arteaga

A medieval castle on the hill of San Cristobal, province of Cuenca in Spain, The Castillo de Belmonte was declared a historic monument within the National Artistic Treasury by a decree of 3 June 1931 and is currently a Bien de Interés Cultural. Don Juan Pacheco, first Marquis de Villena ordered its construction during the second half of the 15th century. After the death of Don Juan Pacheco, the castle was abandoned in two centuries until Empress Eugenia de Montijo and her architect Alejandro Sureda started restoring the property in the 19th century, however, after the Empress’ death, her great-nephew, the Duke of Penaranda, Hernando Fitz-James Stuart e Falco failed to continue its restoration, resulting to the castle being abandoned again. It was finally restored completely in summer 2010 and opened to the public, by the new owner, the descendants of the Empress’ sister Maria Francisca de Sales Portocarrero.

About the Castle of Arteaga

  • Where: San Cristobal, Cuenca,  Spain
  • When: 15th century
  • Who built it: Don Juan Pacheco
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? National Artistic Treasury / Bien de Interés Cultural / Open to the public
  • Current owner: Maria Francisca de Sales Portocarrero
Castle of La Mota

Castle of La Mota

Located in the town of Medina del Campo, province of Valladolid, Spain, The Castle of La Mota, commonly known as Castillo de La Mota is a medieval fortress built between the 14th and 15th centuries based on the foundations of a former Moorish fort. John II of Aragon ordered the construction following the design of Alonso Niño and Fernando Carreño. After a succession of owners, the castle became a prominent prison and now became a Bien de Interés Cultural.

About the Castle of La Mota

  • Where: Medina del Campo,  Spain
  • When: 14th-15th century
  • Who built it: John II of Aragon
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? Bien de Interés Cultural / Open to the public
  • Current owner: Junta of Castile and León
Castle of Loarre

Castle of Loarre

A Romanesque Castle and Abbey located in the Aragon autonomous region of Spain, The Castle of Loarre was built largely during the 11th and 12th centuries and is one of the oldest castles in Spain. It was built by King Sancho Ramírez.

About the Castle of Loarre

  • Where: Loarre,  Spain
  • When: 11th-12th century
  • Who built it: King Sancho Ramírez
  • Style: Romanesque style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: Spanish Government
castle of Olite

Royal Palace of Olite / Castle of Olite

Since the 13th-century the Castle of Olite was called as Palace of the King of Navarre and was one of the seats of the Court of the Kingdom of Navarre from the reign of Charles III “the Noble” until its union with Castile in 1512. it was built from the first Roman fortification, and it follows the Gothic style mixed with some Mudéjar elements.

About the Royal Palace of Olite / Castle of Olite

  • Where: Navarre,  Spain
  • When: Modified between the 14th and 15th centuries
  • Who built it: Architects Saúl de Arnedo and Juan D’Espernou
  • Style: Gothic style mixed with some Mudéjar elements
  • What is it now? Open to the public / National Monument
  • Current owner: Government of Navarre
Coca Castle

Coca Castle

Coca's castle

Coca’s castle

Coca Castle, locally known as Castillo de Coca is located in the Coca municipality, central Spain. It was constructed in the 15th century by Alonso de Fonseca, the mighty archbishop of Seville, following the Mudejar brickwork, mixing the Moorish designs with the Gothic style architecture.

About the Royal Palace of Olite / Castle of Olite

  • Where: Coca,  Spain
  • When: 15th centuries
  • Who built it: Alonso de Fonseca
  • Style: Mudéjar brickwork (Moorish and Gothic mix)
  • What is it now? Tourist attraction
  • Current owner: Alva family

 

 

Gaudi Palace

The Episcopal Palace

The Episcopal Palace of Astorga is one of the buildings by the famous Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí built between 1889 and 1913 following the Catalan Modernisme style. It was not completed by Gaudí, as he resigned over disagreements with the council after the death of Bishop Grau of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Astorga, the one who commissioned him for the job. The palace was then completed between 1907 and 1915 following the lead by Ricardo Garcia Guereta.

About the Episcopal Palace

  • Where: Astorga,  Spain
  • When: 1889-1913
  • Who built it: Antoni Gaudí
  • Style: Catalan Modernisme style
  • What is it now? Museum of Roads
  • Current owner: Government of León
The medieval castle of Guadamur

The medieval castle of Guadamur

Guadamur Castle was built in the 15th century by Count Pedro Lopez de Ayala, ruler of Fuensalida in 1470 and was Lord of Cedillo. The castle was then destroyed during the invasion of France in 1809, then it was restored by Count Asalto to its original 15th-century appearance.

About the medieval castle of Guadamur

  • Where: Toledo,  Spain
  • When: 15th century
  • Who built it: Count Pedro Lopez de Ayala
  • Style: Gothic style
  • What is it now? Open to the public / Tourist attraction
  • Current owner: Lopez de Ayala family
Medieval castle from the fifteenth century at Jarandilla de la Vera

Medieval castle from the fifteenth century at Jarandilla de la Vera

The Jarandilla castle located Jarandilla de la Vera, Spain is a defensive fortress possibly built in the 13th century. It currently serves as a tourist attraction, showcasing its well-preserved form.

About the Jarandilla castle

  • Where: Jarandilla de la Vera,  Spain
  • When: 13th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public / Tourist attraction
  • Current owner: Government of Jarandilla de la Vera
Castle of Javier

Castle of Xavier

The Castle of Xavier was built in the 10th century on a hill in the town of Javier, which belonged to the Kingdom of Navarre that was always its own kingdom, never belonging to France. It was believed to be constructed by the nobles of Aragon and was given to Sancho VII of Navarre as a loan payment. It was handed to new owners after Sancho VII, and finally became the childhood home of Saint Francis Xavier. Its ownership has then transferred the House of Villahermosa along with the rest of the town of Javier after successive inheritance.

About the Castle of Xavier

  • Where: Javier, Navarre,  Spain
  • When: 10th-11th centuries
  • Who built it: Nobles of Aragon
  • Style: Gothic style
  • What is it now? Tourist attraction
  • Current owner: Government of Javier, Spain
Knights Templar castle in Ponferrada, Spain

Knights Templar castle in Ponferrada, Spain

The Templar Castle in Ponferrada, Spain was built by the Templars in the 12th century. It was improved by the succeeding owners along the 14th century until it was completely finished. The Templar Knights occupied the castle for a whole two centuries until they were disbanded by Philip IV of France in 1307 due to the growing mistrust in the organization.

About the Knights Templar Castle

  • Where: Ponferrada,  Spain
  • When: 12th century
  • Who built it: The Templar Knights
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? Tourist attraction
  • Current owner: Government of Ponferrada, Spain
La Granja de San Ildefonso in Segovia (Spain)

La Granja de San Ildefonso in Segovia (Spain)

The Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, commonly known as La Granja de San Ildefonso located in the hills within the Province of Segovia is an early 18th-century palace built on the site of the former hunting lodge of Henry IV of Castile in the 15th century. The hunting lodge was bought by King Philip V from the monks in 1719 and there, he built a Baroque palace commissioning architect Teodoro Ardemans to lead the construction.

About the La Granja de San Ildefonso

  • Where: Segovia,  Spain
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Architect Teodoro Ardemans
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Tourist attraction / Patrimonio Nacional of Spain
  • Current owner: Government of Segovia, Spain
La Magdalena palace

La Magdalena palace

A palace located on the Magdalena Peninsula of the city of Santander, Cantabria, Spain, The Palacio de la Magdalena was built between 1909 and 1911 by the architects Javier González Riancho and Gonzalo Bringas Vega to serve as the house of the Spanish Royal Family.

About the La Magdalena palace

  • Where: Santander,  Spain
  • When: 1909-1911
  • Who built it: Architects Javier González Riancho and Gonzalo Bringas Vega
  • Style: English and French style architecture
  • What is it now? Tourist attraction / Historical monument
  • Current owner: Government of Santander, Spain
Manzanares's Castle in Madrid

Manzanares’s Castle in Madrid

The New Castle of Manzanares el Real is a palace-fortress constructed in the 15th century located in the town of Manzanares el Real. Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, the Admiral of Castile first built the Old Castle of Manzanares el Real, but the House of Mendoza proposed that a larger and more luxurious new castle-palace must be built. Diego Hurtado de Mendoza didn’t live long enough to see the completed castle, so his eldest son, Íñigo López de Mendoza finished his work under the direction of architect Juan Guas.

About the Manzanares’s Castle

  • Where: Madrid,  Spain
  • When: 15th century
  • Who built it: Diego Hurtado de Mendoza
  • Style: Gothic style
  • What is it now? Spanish Property of Cultural Interest
  • Current owner: Government of Manzanares el Real, Spain
Monestir de Sant Pere de Rodes

Monestir de Sant Pere de Rodes

The Monestir de Sant Pere de Rodes is believed to be built around the 10th century led by an abbot. The building suffered in decay and was restored and modified during the 12th century, maintaining its Romanesque architecture form. It survived throughout the centuries and now it acts as a National monument.

About the Monestir de Sant Pere de Rodes

  • Where: Catalonia,  Spain
  • When: 10th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Romanesque architecture
  • What is it now? National monument
  • Current owner: Government of Catalonia, Spain
Knights Templar castle in Ponferrada, Spain

Knights Templar castle in Ponferrada, Spain

The Templar Castle in Ponferrada, Spain was built by the Templars in the 12th century. It was improved by the succeeding owners along the 14th century until it was completely finished. The Templar Knights occupied the castle for a whole two centuries until they were disbanded by Philip IV of France in 1307 due to the growing mistrust in the organization.

About the Knights Templar Castle

  • Where: Ponferrada,  Spain
  • When: 12th century
  • Who built it: The Templar Knights
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? Tourist attraction
  • Current owner: Government of Ponferrada, Spain
The Royal Palace of La Almudaina

The Royal Palace of La Almudaina

The Royal Palace of La Almudaina was built at different times. First, it was built as a modification of the Muslim alcázar until it was reconstructed by King James II of Majorca during the early 14th century, then Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor, built the upper floor of the palace during the first half of the 16th century.

About the Royal Palace of La Almudaina

  • Where: Palma,  Spain
  • When: 14th century
  • Who built it: Unknown / Upper floor built by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
  • Style: Gothic style
  • What is it now? Tourist attraction
  • Current owner: Government of Palma, Spain
Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso

Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso

The Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, commonly known as La Granja de San Ildefonso located in the hills within the Province of Segovia is an early 18th-century palace built on the site of the former hunting lodge of Henry IV of Castile in the 15th century. The hunting lodge was bought by King Philip V from the monks in 1719 and there, he built a Baroque palace commissioning architect Teodoro Ardemans to lead the construction.

About the La Granja de San Ildefonso

  • Where: Segovia,  Spain
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Architect Teodoro Ardemans
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Tourist attraction / Patrimonio Nacional of Spain
  • Current owner: Government of Segovia, Spain
Madrid Sabatini Gardens Palacio Real

Madrid Sabatini Gardens Palacio Real

Neoclassical-style gardens inside the Royal Palace of Madrid, The Sabatini Gardens were made open to the public by King Juan Carlos I in 1978, honoring the name of Francesco Sabatini, an Italian architect of the 18th century who designed most of the palace’s structure. The gardens were built in 1933 designed by Zaragozan architect Fernando García Mercadal under the Republican government.

About the Madrid Sabatini Gardens Palacio Real

  • Where: Madrid,  Spain
  • When: 1933
  • Who built it: Zaragozan architect Fernando García Mercadal
  • Style: Neo-classical style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: Government of Madrid, Spain
Palace Sobrellano

Palace Sobrellano

Sobrellano Palace

Sobrellano Palace

Designed by Modernista architect Joan Martorell in Gothic style, the Palacio de Sobrellano was built in 1888 under The first Marquess of Comillas, Antonio López y López. It is the original seat of the Marquesses of Comillas, however, it is also a fine tourist attraction.

About the Madrid Sabatini Gardens Palacio Real

  • Where: Comillas,  Spain
  • When: 1888
  • Who built it: Antonio López y López, The first Marquess of Comillas
  • Style: Gothic style
  • What is it now? The original seat of the Marquesses of Comillas / Tourist attraction
  • Current owner: Marquesses of Comillas
Stollmeyer's Castle

Stollmeyer’s Castle

The Stollmeyer’s Castle is a grand, early 20th-century Scottish Baronial–style home built by Charles Fourier Stollmeyer in 1904. It was modeled after the British Queen’s home at Balmoral and is currently open to the public and is one of the top tourist attraction in the Port of Spain.

About the Stollmeyer’s Castle

  • Where: Port of Spain,  Spain
  • When: 1904
  • Who built it: Charles Fourier Stollmeyer
  • Style: Scottish Baronial–style
  • What is it now? Open to the public / Tourist attraction
  • Current owner: Port of Spain
Tiedra Castle

Tiedra Castle

Located on a hill, almost on the border of the province of Zamora, the Tiedra Castle is believed to be built in the 11th century. It is in a bad state of conservation and has seen so many bloodsheds due to countless wars the castle has experienced. The castle hosted several owners and royalties, from the Lord of Tiedra to Ducal house of Osuna. Currently, the castle isn’t taking visitors and its current owner is still unknown.

About the Tiedra Castle

  • Where: Zamora,  Spain
  • When: 11th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? Closed property
  • Current owner: Unknown
The Vazquez de Molina Palace, also known as the Palace of the Chains

The Vazquez de Molina Palace, also known as the Palace of the Chains

Located in Vazquez de Molina Square in Úbeda, The Vazquez de Molina Palace, also known as the Palace of the Chains is a palace built by Juan Vazquez de Molina, nephew of Francisco de los Cobos, and secretary of State for Philip II. It was designed by Andrés de Vandelvira following the Renaissance style. Today the palace serves as the seat of Úbeda’s municipal government.

About the Vazquez de Molina Palace

  • Where: Úbeda,  Spain
  • When: 16th century
  • Who built it: Juan Vazquez de Molina
  • Style: Renaissance style
  • What is it now? The seat of Úbeda’s municipal government
  • Current owner: Úbeda municipal government
Velez Blanco Renaissance Castle

Velez Blanco Renaissance Castle

The Vélez-Blanco Castle was built between 1506 and 1515 by Don Pedro Fajardo y Chacón. It is located in the municipality of Vélez-Blanco, province of Almería. The original architecture was a Gothic style, but the Don changed his mind and turned the castle into an Italian Renaissance style after being inspired by La Calahorra Castle in Granada. The castle went to different owners several times until it was bought by the Andalucía Government from the Marquis of Valverde, Salvador Fernandis Álvarez de Toledo. Today, the castle is open to the public.

About the Velez Blanco Renaissance Castle

  • Where: Almería,  Spain
  • When: 16th century
  • Who built it: Don Pedro Fajardo y Chacón
  • Style: Italian-Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Tourist attraction / Open to the public
  • Current owner: Andalucía Government

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