Route of the Calatravos Castles I

The new Calatrava Castle

The The new Calatrava Castle which stands on a rocky hill called Alacranejo, in the municipality of Aldea del Rey, south of the province of Ciudad Real.

It is next to the castle of Salvatierra, and beside him flanking one of the most important natural pathways that intersect Sierra Morena and the Plateau to join the Guadalquivir Valley.

We are in the great fortress of the Calatravian knights, whose property they would defend against the Muslims of the nearby castle of Salvatierra. Although it was a fortress of the bronze age, Visigothic, and there is news of its use by Nuño de Lara in the s. XII, It would have its great apogee from the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa.

Today we can walk their paths, the outbuildings of the castle -patios, torres, stairs-, and a cistern. Also, its 13th century convent preserves a large door with a rose window, that of the Star, the chapter house, refectory and kitchens, besides the cemetery. Auxiliary areas for artisans, lodging, stables and cellars complete this magnificent portrait of life in the Middle Ages.

The great fortress of the Calatravos, more than 45.000 m2, was erected to be the great headquarters of the order, replacing the city ofCalatrava la Vieja. His church, convent, Puebla inn and outdoor enclosure, surrounded by fortifications, they formed an authentic medieval fortified city.


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How to get to the Fortress from La Finca

To reach the fort from the Finca, we will address Almagro, Granatula de Calatrava, Calzada de Calatrava. Located about 25 Kms of Finca Casa de Pacas.
In Calzada de Calatrava, We seek output Puertollano, It is 11 kms along this road.

The Cistercian Order took possession of Castle of Calatrava la Vieja (at Carrión de Calatrava), assuming the defense of this territory to the Arabs, and founding the Order of Calatrava here Year 1158.

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