Castillo de la Mota, Medina del Campo
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The Castle of the La Mota or Castillo de La Mota is a reconstructed medieval fortress, located in the town of Medina del Campo, province of Valladolid, Spain. It is so named because of its location on an elevated hill, a mota(in Spanish), from where it dominates the town and surrounding land. The adjacent town came to be surrounded by an expanding series of walls in subsequent years, of which little remains.It has been protected by the state since 1904, first as a national monument and more recently as a site of cultural interest, or Bien de Interés Cultural. The castle itself was reconstructed in the twentieth century. Reconstruction was mainly pursued by the Falange government of Francisco Franco, who had a nostalgia for structures having links to the Catholic Monarchs.OverviewThe castle's main feature is the large outer barbican. The interior castle has a trapezoidal plan, with 4 towers and a square yard. It has a large square keep tower, and an inner curtain wall that was used for archers.The castle was originally accessed through a drawbridge. It is made from local red brick, utlilizing stone only for some details.
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  • Definitely makes her figure, although it was completely redone. Surrounded by a deep ditch along all its perimeter, stands on a hill overlooking the province of Valladolid.
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  • It is a castle quite well maintained. A little face the visit, because you have to take into account its visitors than usual is that they are doing a tour of the castles in the area, and not only pay this.
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  • It is a pretty impressive castle, has some internal galleries to defend the very interesting castle with vents and prison, the very high towers with an excellent guide.
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  • History at its best! One is really transported to medieval times.
  • The definition of a fortress. The audio tour is acceptable, but the castle itself is the greatest I've seen since Pierrefonds.
  • Slow organization. Very limited visit. The tours are limited and only upon reservation. The room of the thing has no interest. The poorly lit Chapel. The place has more potential, but everything appears to be closed to the public.
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  • It is an imposing Castle. There is a great view of the town. You can stroll through the ground floor and learn a little of its history with pictures and videos
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  • Most emblematic monument of the village of Medina. It is worth visiting it. Although its reform was necessary, some of the changes that have been made (e.g. to remove the pit) has made it lose its essence.
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