Located east of Cordova in Andalucia, Spain, sitting atop a large hill called the Cerro de la Floresta. Almodovar Castle was originally built around 760 by the Moors. In 1240, Saint Fernando III took the castle after a long drawn out siege, and improvements were made by his Christian successors.
Almodovar Castle was used as a prison by several of its rulers, including Pedro I and Enrique II of Castille. Almodovar Castle was in a great position for defense and protection of its resident kings, and defenses were added throughout its history. In the 15th century, use as a stronghold became less necessary with the region becoming largely Christian, and the majestic castle was left to decay.
In 1902, a 36 year restoration project was undertaken by the Count of Torralva, Rafael Desmaisieres. Because of his vision, Almodovar Castle is one of the best preserved castles in Spain.
A visit to the castle will delight the patron with displays of castle life in ancient Spain. One can also tour the mysterious underground dungeons and passages.
The large photo of Almodovar Castle above courtesy of Phillip C Smaller hyperlinked photos courtesy of Salvatorecoco and Lourdes Cardenal.