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Castillo de Ampudia

Panorámica del Castillo de Ampudia Gothic noble fortress, built in the 15th century by the descendants to Pedro García Herrera, major-general of Castile and nephew of the bishop of Palencia Sancho de Rojas, founder of the Manor of Ampudia.

The building is shaped as a trapezoid, with four square turrets in the corners.
The front is symmetrical.

Don Pedro de Ayala, the Count of Salvatierra, was one of the owners of the castle. He fought in favour of the comunera cause in the battle of Ampudia, which confronted the followers of the emperor and the troops of the Acuña Bishop.
Puerta principal del Castillo de Ampudia
In the 17th century it belonged to Francisco Gómez de Sandoval y Rojas, Duke of Lerma and favoured by the king Felipe III. The castle became the occasional meeting place of the royal court.


It was later abandoned. In 1960 the castle is purchased by Mr Eugenio Fontaneda Pérez.

Today the castle houses a collection of art objects and antiques.

The round cubes of the 13th-century wall have been preserved. The original castle had a rectangular ground plan and square turrets facing the village.

The battlements and the sentry boxes unify the various structures. Due to their similarity with the castle of Portillo, they probably date from the early 15th century.
Panorámica desde el Castillo de Ampudia
Mr Eugenio Fontaneda carried out the restoration in 1960, adding a coat of arms representing a round gallery with three ears of wheat.

The arches in the courtyard date from the late 15th century or late 16th century, although it is impossible to tell whether they are part of the original structure.

The structure was surrounded by a barrier covering three fronts of the village.

The entry bridge, made of stone and with two arches before the actual drawbridge, was built in 1538 by the Count of Salvatierra.
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Te history of Ampudia and its castle is linked to several noble families.

The comunero bishop Acuña attacked the castle during the war against Carlos V.

Finally, the castle was taken over by the Duke of Lerma, who was also the Count of Ampudia (17th century).

Historical information

BIC date:
 03-06-1931
State:
 Complete and restored.
Century:
 15th Century

Access and use

NoAccommodation / restaurants
YesPrivate property
NoHotel/Rest
NoHostelry
YesInteresting monument
YesMuseum
NoWorkshop
YesVisits allowed

Timetable

+ Group of at least 15 people every day of the week by appointment at 699 484 555

* March:
Visits Saturday: 12:00 and 13:00

* From April to June:
Saturdays: 12:00, 13:00, 18:00 and 19:00
Sundays: 12:00 and 13:00


* July and August
Saturdays: 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 17:00, 18:00 and 19:00 hours
Sunday: 12:00 and 13:00

* September:
Saturdays: 12:00, 13:00, 18:00 and 19:00
Sundays: 12:00 and 13:00

* October & November
Saturdays: 12:00 and 13:00

* Bridge December (5, 6, 7, 8)
Visits at 12:00 and 13:00 (max. 25 people)

* From December 10 to March 1
Closed (except groups: 629 768 247 / 979 768 023)

* Rest of the year
Saturdays: 11:30, 12:30 and 13:30 (last entry)

Secrets of the Castle Tours:
Visiting the Tower of Homage, dungeons, throne room, living room of Charles V, plazas, library ...
By appointment. Duration approximately two hours. Always guided and an art specialist.
Groups max. 20 persons min. 10. Price 20 € / person (includes a gift of wine and pasta in the area)

Address

Province:
  Palencia
Town:
  AMPUDIA
Zipcode:
  34160
Phone:
  979 768 023
Phones:
  979 76 80 23 y 629 76 82 47
E-mail:
 info@castillodeampudia.com
Web:
 http://www.castillodeampudia.com

 
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