Castle of Valencia de Don Juan

Plaza de Santo Domingo, s/n. Valencia de Don Juan. León.

This place is not registered in any route yet.

Cultural Visit

The Castle of Valencia de Don Juan is a fortress located on the site of four previous fortifications. It has been a place of human settlement since the Final Bronze Age, 3,000 years ago.

The current fortress is a clear reference of the Gothic-military architecture and was built almost entirely in the fifteenth century, specifically between 1465 and 1470 by Don Juan de Acuña y Portugal, III Count and II Duke of Valencia de Don Juan, with his wife Teresa Enriquez, settling the structures of the new castle on other previous ones made of mudwall.

During the War of the Castilian Succession it was besieged in 1475, an act in which Juan de Acuña died and Portugal precipitated from one of the castle windows. Abandoned in the mid-sixteenth century, its collapse began in the seventeenth century, disappearing its forgings, vaults and roofs, as well as the Mudejar plasterwork that decorated the interior of its walls.

The building is constructed in stone masonry, mudwall and brick and preserves from its original structures a large part of the wall and the barbican, which runs along the north and east sides of the fortress, as well as the imposing keep tower, which has become the identity sign of Valencia de Don Juan

Since 1998 and for 75 years, the property has been transferred to the public management and since then, different interventions have been carried out to reduce the effects of its ruin. The intervention inside the tower keep was carried out in 2004, as well as the reconstruction of one of the edges that had collapsed in 1979. A new respectful and fully reversible building was built inside the tower. It is made of iron, wood and glass and it houses the museum, which is of an archaeological nature and provides a tour about the history of Valencia de Don Juan.

Schedule

July and August:

  • Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 18:00 to 21:00h.
  • Passes with guided introduction every 45 minutes from the opening time.
  • Last pass 45 minutes before the closing time.

September to June:

  •  Wednesday to Friday from 16:00 to 18:00h.
  •  Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 18:00h.

CLOSED

  • Monday and Tuesday
  • January 01 and 06
  • September 08 and 14
  • December 24, 25 and 31

Location

Address:

Plaza de Santo Domingo, s/n. Valencia de Don Juan. León.

How to get there:
  • Coming from the A-66 Vía de la Plata dual carriageway: take the slip road 172 and then take the CL-621 road in the direction of Villamañán-Valencia de Don Juan, travelling 8.3 km.
  • Coming from the A-231 Camino de Santiago dual carriageway: take the slip road 10 and then take the LE-512 road towards Valencia de Don Juan, travel 20 km until you reach Valencia de Don Juan. Then follow the CL-621 road towards Villamañán and drive 550 m.
     
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