Miranda de Castañar Castle
Miranda de Castañar Castle lies, in the village by the same name, in the province of Salamanca in Spain.
Located next to the entrance of the old village, and in spite of the damages it has suffered throughout history, Miranda de Castañar Castle is one of the best preserved castles in the province.
It has a polygonal groundplan with towers at its corners. The keep is not situated in the center of the enclosure, but close to the North wall. In medieval times it could be entered by means of a drawbridge spanning the gap between the North wall and the keep. The entrance to the keep is on the second floor level. The keep is a rectangle and had in its interior four floors. These have all disappeared at the present. The construction of the keep, along with part of the enclosure, in 1451. This is according to an inscription on a coat of arms of the Zuñiga family which is embedded in its Eastern face.
Part of the enclosure, the South and Western walls, predate the castle; they date back to the time of the Repopulation in 1213.
The ruin of Miranda de Castañar Castle is not accessible. The castle is part of the village defences and the village is situated in a nice mountainous terrain.