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date: 18 August 2019

La Mota Castlelocked

  • Felipe Valbuena

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Fortress in Medina del Campo, Valladolid province, Spain. The origins of this castle, called ‘de la Mota’ because of its site on a small raised mound overlooking the town, go back to the 12th century, when it guarded a fortified town within the Kingdom of Castile, on the frontier with León. Its present form, however, is the result of alterations carried out in the 15th century, from the reign of John II (reg 1406–54) onwards. Some records indicate that Master Fernando Carreño participated in work done on the castle in 1440. In the reign of Henry IV (reg 1454–74) the castle belonged to the Archbishop of Seville, Don Alonso de Fonseca, and was besieged by the townspeople. In 1475 it passed into the hands of the Catholic rulers Ferdinand and Isabella. During their reign new work was carried out under the direction of Alonso Nieto with the collaboration of Moorish architects such as masters ...

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