Road warrior passing by the Province of Cuenca, Castilla La Mancha!

We had our day to wandered in the vast spaces of the Province of Cuenca in the region of Castilla La Mancha. This is one answer to the book of Don Quijote by Miguel Cervantes Saavedra of his space out mind into the wilderness, well this is barren land, dessert like and windmills and just vast land space of hardly nothing in front of you. However, this is Spain, this is Castille , the one to see to know the country away from the cozy confines of Madrid or Barcelona and the beaches.

We drove it from our base in the mountains of the Serrania de Cuenca down to Cuenca and from there into the Don Quijote trail!!! Meandering by the road N420 and then the N320,CM220 to sleepy Motilla del Palancar and into the town of  Sisante with its Church of Santa Catalina. This Church was built in the 17C and consolidated in the 18C. A bit more info in Spanish here: http://www.sisante.net/municipio/iglesia-parroquial-de-sta-catalina-8/

We zigzag all over this area driving onwards and passing many typical Castilian towns and stopping on some like Arcas del Villar.  Here you see the Church or Iglesia de la Natividad de Nuestra Señora or Church of the Nativity of Our Lady. The style is Roman turning into Gothic from the 13C. The exterior has a flat wall annex to the main building with arches to hold three bells and the front door romanique with five arches; the interior there is a nice Chapel dedicated to the Virgin of the Higa (fig) and a Christ.  More here in Spanish: http://www.ayuntamientoarcas.es/turismo/patrimonio/

We move on in our road warrior trip thru the lands of Quijote and landed at Almodovar del Pinar; an old town since the inquisition who has a nice Church or Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion right in the Plaza Mayor. The nave or central hall is from the 15C, tower from the 17C and portal door from the 18C. Right here in the Plaza Mayor you have the nice building of the city/town hall.  Right by the entrance to the town you see the Ermita Vicente Ferrer dating from the 18C now use for civil events. It is with a baroque door and two columns on the sides with an image in stone of the Saint (the same that is in Vannes Brittany where I ,work and his body is in the Catedral of Vannes). The story of this Church is that as the local people were known as carreteros or wagon transport folks to and from Valencia ,one of the shipments arrived of great value and nobody claim it. Once no owner was found, the authorities open the shipment and found amongst the goods a manuscript saying that the money collected from the sale of the goods were to have build a Church dedicated to the Saint and a school to teach 12 poor girls from the town.  Three brother did just that and built the Church and the School. This is where the current school Virgen de las Nieves is located today;with the Church still remaining for social town events. More on the town here in Spanish: http://www.turismocastillalamancha.es/patrimonio/almodovar-del-pinar-44131/descripcion/

We move on from here and reach the town of Garcimuñoz that is basically a castle. The fortified city is found on the A3 direction Cuenca. Excavations around the castle makes one think that castle existed since the 10C .  In 1177 king Alfonso VIII conquers the city of Cuenca  and two years later conquers this muslim enclave ,and the name come from the chevalier that accompanied the king  García Muñoz , and he was name mayor of the castle town and made inhabited the town by people from Extremadura and Burgos, the city is therefore simply name the  Castillo de Garcimuñoz. An important enclave in the wars of succession in Spain.

Until the first third of the 19C the Marquis de Villena were the owners of the town and castle, later with the law of 1823 it passes to the public treasury and the Marquis ends selling the lands in Castillo de Garcimuñoz. The peculiarity of the castle is that below the castle that was ordered built in 1458  exists the castle where the original owner lived in continuation of the occupancy by  Garci-Muñoz , and from which in its day the Caliph  Yusuf ordered built while in his warring in the area in 1172.

This is not an official site but an association that keeps lots of info on the castle city in Spanish:  http://www.castillogarcimunoz.es/historia/

Hope you enjoy this part of my Spain, rustic , dry, and the real thing of what is Spain, everything under the Sun ! Cheers

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