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From the Region of Madrid, we invite you to learn about the history of the region without leaving your home. Through our 'Castles Guide', you will travel back in time to the Middle Ages to learn first-hand about the history of the fortifications in the region. Are you in?
You're probably wishing you could leave the house in complete safety, but for the moment you'll have to wait in order to achieve together the best of results. So even if for the time being we remain faithful to the already known #stayathome, if you are one of those who likes to organize outdoor plans combined with culture, our suggestion will excite you and you will be able to realize it as soon as the confinement is over.
The Region of Madrid has numerous examples of castles, fortresses and watchtowers, which have witnessed the great historical events that make up our varied and rich cultural legacy. Although it is true that not all are equally well preserved, there are numerous examples that give a good account of life in the Middle Ages.
In this link you will find our 'Castles Guide' that will allow you to know closely the details of these constructions. A good example of this is the Castle of Gonzalo Chacón in the town of Arroyomolinos, which is part of the Network of Visitable Sites of the Region of Madrid.
Other examples are the constructions located in some towns that are part of the program of Towns of Madrid as the Castillo de la Coracera located in San Martín de Valdeiglesias, which was built around 1434 and housed Isabella the Catholic when she was proclaimed heir to the throne of Castile; the Villarejo de Salvanés Homage Tower, a fortification built by the military order of Santiago to defend the reconquered territories; or the Manzanares el Real Castle which deserves special mention, since, in addition to being the best preserved in the region, it was the place where the Region of Madrid was founded when the Madrid Assembly was set up there in 1982.
But this is just a brief sample, if you want to know more, you will have to access our interactive guide and start planning your visit. In addition, many of these castles host exhibitions or dramatized visits throughout the year, so when things get back to normal, take a look at our leisure agenda to stay best informed.