Where is the castle?
Gormaz Castle is located in the town of Gormaz, just 18 minutes away from Castilla Termal Burgo de Osma. Discover the route of arrival here.
Why is the Gormaz Castle interesting?
Gormaz Castle is part of the fortresses that extend through the Duero lands, in the past was a key point for the defense of the borders between Christians and Muslims and military center of support to Medinaceli, capital of the Muslim Middle Border. We are facing a majestic building considered the longest fortress in all of Europe, because its walled perimeter is 1,200 m, 446 m long and had 28 towers.
A Caliph Islamic Fortress built by Al-Haquem II at the end of the 10th century on previous remains. It rises on a steep ridge from the dominating the extensive neighboring lands in an attempt to improve its defense and reinforce the border to the north of the Douro, weakened by the repopulating thrust of the nascent Christian kingdoms.
Being created in the first years of the Reconquista is assaulted in countless occasions by both Muslims and Christians, due to its various restorations and extensions over the years, until its final possession by Fernando I in 1059.
The Castle constitutes the maximum exponent of the military architecture Soriana, and of the Peninsula. It was a military center to support Medinaceli, the capital of the Muslim Middle East. With the Catholic Monarchs (15th century) it was used as a prison.
The castle consists of two distinct parts separated by a moat. To the east is the Alcázar, the tower of the homage, the "tower of Almanzor", the cistern and the caliphs. In the western part there is a pool to give drink to the animals and a large esplanade where the troops were encamped. It has a large door that denotes its Islamic origin, the Gate Califal. On the west side of the wall there are three stelae, one of Roman origin and one clearly Islamic, that were placed there to frighten the evil spirits.
Do you want to pay a visit?
The entrance to this imposing fortress is free. For more information on schedules and visits, please contact 975 350 002
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