This blog is about my travels. At home in New Zealand, in other parts of Oceania, North, Central and South America and in Europe.
From Madrid, I caught the bus to the small town of Manzanares el Real.
While I was there I visited the medieval Manzanares el Real castle. For many hundreds of years, Spanish Christians and Islamic north African forces battled for control of the Iberian peninsula. Spain was called Al-Andalus during the last occupation of Spain by Islamic forces, but became Espana after the reconquista (reconquest) of Spain in the 15th Century. It was just after this period that the Manzanares el Real castle was built.
The Castle was built in 1475 for Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, one of the most powerful men in Spain. It was built in a highly fortified way to ward off any attacks during the turbulent times following the reconquista. In 1566 the Mendoza family suffered financial misfortune and the castle was abandoned for a long time.
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