Belmonte de Campos Castle

The castle of Belmonte de Campos was rebuilt around the middle of the 15th century. 15th century Years later it was successively owned by the Manrique family, the Count of Oñate and the Marquis of Montealegre. It is also probable that the oldest part of the fortress was designed by Gómez de Isla, due to the similarities of the castle with his other constructions such as Fuensaldaña or Peñafiel. In the 16th century it was rebuilt by the architect of the cathedral of León, Juan de Badajoz "El Mozo". Around 1880, the land on which the castle stood was acquired by some villagers at a price of 2,000 reales. It was then used as a dovecote. In 2013, rain and wind contributed to the demolition of the gable next to the entrance arch.

At present, the Castle belongs entirely to the Town Council of Belmonte de Campos, allowing it to have the legal capacity to carry out improvement and rehabilitation works on the monument

The castle is built on a small elevation that is actually a prehistoric Tell from the Iron Age, with the keep still standing and the ruins of what would have been an irregular enclosure. It is rectangular in plan, 30 m high, and has four storeys, of which the second and fourth storeys now lack the wooden floor slabs that were supported by segmental arches. The second and third floors are separated by a barrel vault, while the top floor is covered by a ribbed vault. There is also a Renaissance balcony on a large stone ledge built after the structure of the tower. On the outside, four garitones (turrets) are visible, starting from the fourth floor and containing spiral staircases without a central pillar. To the left of the entrance to the castle there was also a gable with the remains of a latticed window, which may have been part of a palatial building, but was demolished by the weather on 29 April 2013. 

The castle is located less than a kilometre from the Campos branch of the Canal de Castilla, in a scenic setting of great interest, in the centre of Tierra de Campos.


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