Castle of San Esteban de Gormaz
Where is it?
The Castle of San Esteban de Gormaz, located in San Esteban de Gormaz, is only 13 minutes away from our spa hotel, Castilla Termal Burgo de Osma. Discover the route of arrival here.
Why is Berlanga Castle interesting?
When we talk about San Esteban de Gormaz, we talk about a piece of Castile history, because they are the ruins of a splendid fortress that served as a defensive mark for the Duero lands and border between Muslims and Christians. Its strategic position gave it a perfect communication with the Castle.
The castle of San Esteban de Gormaz was built by the Muslims and reformed by the Christians.
In the most eastern part of the castle we find the Lairón well, dug in the rock and the legend tells that was used to access the river in cases of siege to the fort. We also see the cisterns and some rooms. From its walls began a wall in mud of Muslim origin that crosses the zone of Valdizán that communicated with the old castle (Castro Moro).
The castle was conquered by the Christian troops and repopulated in the year 912. Years later San Esteban de Gormaz was attacked by Abderramán III. Shortly thereafter it was recovered by the Christians, and lost again by Count Garcia Fernandez, until finally, in 1011, Soleyman surrendered it to Sancho Garcia as part of the pact for the aid received against the Caliphate of Cordoba.
During the Middle Ages San Esteban de Gormaz acquired great importance, and Alfonso VIII celebrated in 1187 the first Cortes of Castile and Europe in this town, which later passed by various owners.
After the French invasion of 1808, the Castle suffered great damages of which it did not recover. With a construction of elongated and narrow form, there are scarcely a long wall, some cisterns and subterranean constructions.
Do you want to visit the castle?
To consult information about visits and schedules you can contact:
- The Tourist Office: 975 350 292
- Town Hall: 975 350 002
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