We visited this castle in 2009.
Chinchón Castle, locally known as Castillo de Chinchón or Castillo de los Condes, lies on a hill next
to the town of Chinchón, in the province of Madrid in Spain.
The following historical info is taken from a little Spanish booklet, titled
Castillos de Madrid.
My Spanish translation skills aren't great so forgive any mistakes that may occur.
The present castle was preceded by an earlier castle built at the end of the 15th century which was
destroyed by commoners in 1521 after a long siege. Chinchón Castle was built on the ruins of this
earlier castle, in the late 16th century by the third Earl of Chinchón, Don Diego Fernandez de Cabrera,
one of the most powerful men of his time.
Chinchón Castle was built as a Renaissance castle with broad rectangular windows as aspects of a
palatial building. Its thick walls with sloping foundations and its moat covered by a drawbridge, made
that it still looked like a fortress.
At the beginning of the 18th century, during the War of Spanish Succession, the castle was looted and
abandoned. One century later it was burned by a Polish brigade fighting for the French during the War
In the last part of the last century, Chinchón Castle was home to a famous bodega. At present the
castle stands empty, awaiting repairs and a fitting form of use. It can not be visited.
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