Torrelobaton Castle

Torrelobaton Castle lies, in a village by the same name, in the province of Valladolid in Spain.

Torrelobaton Castle is located in the northern part of the village on a small hill. It has a square plant with 3 circular towers and the great keep in its corners. The square keep is equipped with 8 turrets, its lower part is fitted with arrow slits and its upper part with gun slits.

It's not known if the castle originally had two enclosures although the castle is at present partly surrounded by retaining walls that give the false impression of a second enclosure. The entrance gate next to the keep, equipped with a portcullis, gave access to a courtyard where there would have been quarters for the troops and other service buildings.

The keep has an access door at ground floorlevel and remains of another one at a higher floor level with signs of a drawbridge. Its interior consists of three vaulted floors. There is a postern in the northern wall; a small tunnel accessed from the courtyard leads to the moat. The castle also possesses a secret underground passage.

The castle was probably preceded by an earlier, 14th century, military construction. The present castle however dates back to the 15th century when the castle and the village were owned by the Enriquez family, Admirals of Castile. They placed their coat of arms on the keep.

The most notable event in the castle's history took place in 1521. Then is was besieged and conquered by the troops of the Comuneras, commanded by Padilla because its inhabitants defended the cause of King Carlos V.

Nowadays its interior, like Encinas Castle, is turned into a cereal silo. Therefore the castle is not accessible. In my opinion however it is still worth visiting because of its unique smooth appearance.


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Torrelobaton Castle

Torrelobaton Castle lies, in a village by the same name, in the province of Valladolid in Spain.

Torrelobaton Castle is located in the northern part of the village on a small hill. It has a square plant with 3 circular towers and the great keep in its corners. The square keep is equipped with 8 turrets, its lower part is fitted with arrow slits and its upper part with gun slits.

It's not known if the castle originally had two enclosures although the castle is at present partly surrounded by retaining walls that give the false impression of a second enclosure. The entrance gate next to the keep, equipped with a portcullis, gave access to a courtyard where there would have been quarters for the troops and other service buildings.

The keep has an access door at ground floorlevel and remains of another one at a higher floor level with signs of a drawbridge. Its interior consists of three vaulted floors. There is a postern in the northern wall; a small tunnel accessed from the courtyard leads to the moat. The castle also possesses a secret underground passage.

The castle was probably preceded by an earlier, 14th century, military construction. The present castle however dates back to the 15th century when the castle and the village were owned by the Enriquez family, Admirals of Castile. They placed their coat of arms on the keep.

The most notable event in the castle's history took place in 1521. Then is was besieged and conquered by the troops of the Comuneras, commanded by Padilla because its inhabitants defended the cause of King Carlos V.

Nowadays its interior, like Encinas Castle, is turned into a cereal silo. Therefore the castle is not accessible. In my opinion however it is still worth visiting because of its unique smooth appearance.


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