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  • View of Brihuega © Turespaña

    View of Brihuega © Turespaña

  • Old quarter in Brihuega © Turespaña

    Old quarter in Brihuega © Turespaña

Guadalajara, Castile-La Mancha

In his masterpiece "Journey to the Alcarria", the writer Camilo José Cela describes this historic town, situated in the spectacular Tajuña Valley, possessing an amazing heritage and scenic landscapes. Its old quarter has the Property of Cultural Interest designation.

At the entryway stands a granite tower, which has stood on the site since the 16th century in order to indicate that Brihuega is a town. Almost 2 kilometres of the Moorish wall still remain, as well as two entrance gates: Cozagón and Cadena. Some of the premises in the castle's enclosure were built in the 12th century, as well as the fortress's Gothic chapel. The 13th century Church of Santa María de la Peña and the ruins of the old Franciscan convent stand beside the enclosure.

As you walk through the streets and the porticoed squares such as the Calle Mayor, the Plaza del Coso and the Calle de Armas, you'll discover other noble monuments and buildings, including the public prison built at the time of Charles III, and the Gómez family mansion. The Royal Cloth Factory building and its beautiful gardens also stand out - the building is an example of 17th century Spanish industrial architecture; and San José Convent and the churches of San Miguel and San Felipe are worth visiting. There are also many interesting fountains: some of them with a monumental appearance, such as La Blanquina, with twelve spouts, facing the old wash house at the back.

The oldest bull-running events are held in Brihuega. They take place around the valleys and gullies that surround the town.

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