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Fortress of the Condestables de Castilla

  • Partial view of the towers of the castle of Medina de Pomar © Turespaña

    Partial view of the towers of the castle of Medina de Pomar © Turespaña

  

Category

Castle

Date

Around 1370 - 1433

Style

Gothic
Plazuela del Alcázar, s/n.
09500 Medina de Pomar
Burgos, Castile-Leon
Burgos

Telephone+34 947190746

E-mailpatrimonio@medinadepomar.org

Websitehttp://www.medinadepomar.net/patrimonio

Also known as the Castle of Los Velasco or the Towers of Medina, the Fortress of the Condestables de Castilla is an imposing Gothic fortress-palace, currently used as a culture centre and museum.

It was built by Pedro Fernández de Velasco, royal chamberlain to King Henry II of Castile, who had given him the dominion of the village of Medina de Pomar. Its design is very simple: two robust towers with a square floor plan, topped with battlements and joined together by a central lower section, which was used as the main room.
From the exterior the fortress appears solid and austere due to the stone blocks used in its construction, its size and the lack of openings (there are just a few loopholes and Gothic arch-shaped windows). Inside, however, was at one time extremely luxurious, as can be seen by the surviving remains of Mudéjar-inspired decorative elements.
It currently houses the Las Merindades Historic Museum and is used as a venue for various cultural and artistic activities.
 

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Timetables

 

Jan 01 to Jun 30

Tuesday to Saturday

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Sunday

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Closing days: Monday

 

Jul 01 to Sep 30

Tuesday to Sunday

10:30 AM to 2:00 PM

4:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Closing days: Monday

 

Oct 01 to Dec 31

Tuesday to Saturday

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Sunday

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Closing days: Monday

Rates

 

General: €3

Reduced: €1,50

Children: Free admission

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