Castillo de Atienza, Atienza

The Castle of Atienza is a castle located in Atienza, Spain. It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1931. Standing high on a rock, it can be seen from miles around. The castle frequently changed hands between the Muslims and the Christians until it was finally taken by Alfonso VI in 1085.HistoryThe castle is located on the site of earlier Roman and Visigoth fortifications. The Moors first took the castle until it surrendered briefly to Alfonso III of Asturias from 870 to 874 before it was retaken. In 967, it came under the control of Al-Hakam II before being taken once again by the Christians under García Fernández of Castile until the arrival of Almanzor at the end of the 10th century. In the 11th century, it became an important component of the Muslim defences along the River Duero. After being taken by the Christian troops of Alfonso VI in 1085, it was enlarged on several occasions, maintaining its importance.Under John II, the Navarre troops occupied the castle with 250 horsemen, 500 foot soldiers and artillery. After the castle had lost its strategic importance it became a prison. It was sacked by the French during the War of Independence.DescriptionToday the castle consists of a tower and an inner enclosure 130 m by 30 m. The arched entrance is flanked by two square towers. There are two covered cisterns in the enclosure. There is a fireplace on the upper floor of the main tower. Originally the castle had four storeys as well as tunnels which connected it with churches in the town. It was protected by two walls, one connecting the main tower to the entrance, the other protecting the rock itself.
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  • This castle and the small town it’s situated in is a convenient visit when you’re in the Sigüenza area. It’s not been subject to much change I reckon in the last 100 years which makes it all the more....  more »
  • The castle is on top of the hill. Climbing the way to the top is a healthy exercise. The paramount view of the area is brilliant  more »
  • The Castle really is in ruins. There Were parts of the wall, and a tower with a narrow ladder. Giving access to the top of the tower. It's a wonderful view down There. A bucolic view of Atienza, a small village and then advances on the horizon. Beautiful Landscape. For those who enjoy simply looking at the horizon. We Went to see the Throne of Game of Thrones, which stood a period there, but it is really worth the visit.
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  • A beautiful place to be a good time, it makes enough air sometimes to be so high in the mountain and not to have anything around to itself to take a jacket when you go out there at this time. And on Today 27th was the Iron Throne of Game of Thrones an achievement to go And see it.
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