That warmed a photographers heart by carlos_santero

Selfie…Location: Loarre Castle (Castillo de Loarre) is a fortress in Loarre, Spain.
Also a location of the Hollywood Movie Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
The complex was built largely during the 11th and 12th centuries, when its position on the frontier between Christian and Muslim lands gave it strategic importance. The first of the two major building programs began ca. 1020, when Sancho el Mayor (r. 10634) reconquered the surrounding lands from the Muslims. At least three towers, two of which survive, the keep (Torre del Homenaje) and the “Tower of the Queen” (Torre de la Reina), as well as a chapel dedicated to Saint Mary of Valverde and connecting walls are attributed to this campaign. The keep was built in an isolated position in front of the fortifications, to which it was connected by a wooden bridge. It contained a basement and five floors. The Torre de la Reina, comprising a basement and three floors, is particularly noteworthy for three sets of twin-arched windows, with columns of exaggerated entasis and trapezoidal capitals that have been related to both Lombard and Mozarabic architectural forms. The chapel is composed of a single-cell nave with an eastern apse covered by a semicircular vault. The original timber roof of the nave was replaced by a vault at the end of the 11th century.

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Chinchilla de Montearagón at night (Albacete, Spain). by FranciscoGarciaRios

Música (abrir en nueva pestaña) / Music (Open link in new tab): Mike Oldfield – Enigmatism.
A night view of the top of San Blas hill, where the Noble and Most Loyal Town of Chinchilla de Montearagón (Albacete, Spain) is located, with its impressive fortress crowning it. The picture was taken from the nearby San Cristobal Hill. Canon 50D+ Canon EF 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 USM
-Español:
Vista nocturna de la cima del Cerro de San Blas, sobre el que se asienta la Noble y Muy Leal ciudad de Chinchilla de Montearagón (Albacete), con su fortaleza coronándolo, en una toma realizada desde el cercano Cerro de San Cristóbal. Canon 50D+ Canon EF 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 USM

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Night falls on Chinchilla de Montearagón (Albacete, Spain). by FranciscoGarciaRios

Música (abrir en nueva pestaña) / Music (Open link in new tab): Mike Oldfield – Legend.
A view of the top of San Blas hill, where the Noble and Most Loyal Town of Chinchilla de Montearagón (Albacete, Spain) is located, with its impressive fortress crowning it. The picture was taken at nightfall, from the nearby San Cristobal hill.
-Español:
“Anochece en Chinchilla de Montearagón”
Vista de la cima del Cerro de San Blas, sobre el que se asienta la Noble y Muy Leal villa de Chinchilla de Montearagón (Albacete), con su fortaleza coronándolo, a la caida de la noche, en una toma realizada desde el cercano Cerro de San Cristóbal.

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Yeste Castle. by FranciscoGarciaRios

Música (abrir en nueva pestaña) / Music (Open link in new tab): Blackmore Night Song and Dance.
(Texto en español más abajo)
The Castle of Yeste (Albacete, Spain) is located high on a hill in the center of the village, dominating all the surrounding places. It has its origin in a Muslim fortress from the 11th century. After the conquest of Yeste in 1242 by castillian christian troops, it became part of the Order of Santiago knights, serving as residence of the commander of the order until the 16th century. It was at first a rectangular fortress which later was reinforced with the outer defensive items and the imposing tower. Afterwards, throughout 15th and 16th centuries, many reforms were made, including the construction of the courtyard colonnade, wooden roof and double gallery, with stone late gothic columns and capitals at the ground floor and made of wood on the top floor. These reforms provided the fortress the solid and attractive appearance which today shows.

It is currently reformed and rehabilitated. In its former dungeons, arranged around the courtyard, there is an Ethnographic Museum with an exhibition of traditional and antique basic tools, home essentials, fittings and equipment donated by local residents. We can also find the Medieval Interpretation Centre called “Living on the border” which illustrates the lives of people in the border region with the muslim Kingdom of Granada at the time of the christian conquest . A place which well worth a visit.

-Español:
“Castillo de Yeste”
Enclavado en lo alto de un promontorio que, desde el centro de la población, domina toda la villa, el Castillo de Yeste (Albacete) tiene su origen en una fortaleza musulmana del Siglo XI. Tras la conquista de Yeste en el 1242 por tropas castellanas, pasó a pertenecer a la Orden de Santiago, sirviendo de residencia al comendador de dicha orden hasta el Siglo XVI. En un principio era una fortaleza de planta rectangular, a la que, en el Siglo XIV, además de reforzársele los elementos defensivos exteriores, se le añadió también la imponente torre del homenaje. Posteriormente, a lo largo de los siglos XV y XVI, fueron realizadas numerosas reformas, entre ellas, la construcción del patio de armas columnado, techado de madera y doble galería, con columnas y capiteles del gótico tardío en la inferior y construida en madera la superior. Dichas reformas dieron lugar a que hoy día la fortaleza ofrezca el sólido y atractivo aspecto que luce.
Actualmente, se encuentra reformado y rehabilitado. En sus antiguos calabozos, dispuestos alrededor del patio de armas, se encuentra un Museo Etnográfico con una exposición de aperos, enseres y utensilios donados por los vecinos de la localidad. En sus dependencias se halla también un Centro de Interpretación Medieval llamado “Vivir en la frontera”, que ilustra sobre la vida de las gentes en el territorio fronterizo con el Reino de Granada en tiempos de la reconquista. Un lugar pues que bien merece una visita.

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Yeste Castle. by FranciscoGarciaRios

Música (abrir en nueva pestaña) / Music (Open link in new tab): Blackmore Night Song and Dance.
(Texto en español más abajo)
The Castle of Yeste (Albacete, Spain) is located high on a hill in the center of the village, dominating all the surrounding places. It has its origin in a Muslim fortress from the 11th century. After the conquest of Yeste in 1242 by castillian christian troops, it became part of the Order of Santiago knights, serving as residence of the commander of the order until the 16th century. It was at first a rectangular fortress which later was reinforced with the outer defensive items and the imposing tower. Afterwards, throughout 15th and 16th centuries, many reforms were made, including the construction of the courtyard colonnade, wooden roof and double gallery, with stone late gothic columns and capitals at the ground floor and made of wood on the top floor. These reforms provided the fortress the solid and attractive appearance which today shows.

It is currently reformed and rehabilitated. In its former dungeons, arranged around the courtyard, there is an Ethnographic Museum with an exhibition of traditional and antique basic tools, home essentials, fittings and equipment donated by local residents. We can also find the Medieval Interpretation Centre called “Living on the border” which illustrates the lives of people in the border region with the muslim Kingdom of Granada at the time of the christian conquest . A place which well worth a visit.

-Español:
“Castillo de Yeste”
Enclavado en lo alto de un promontorio que, desde el centro de la población, domina toda la villa, el Castillo de Yeste (Albacete) tiene su origen en una fortaleza musulmana del Siglo XI. Tras la conquista de Yeste en el 1242 por tropas castellanas, pasó a pertenecer a la Orden de Santiago, sirviendo de residencia al comendador de dicha orden hasta el Siglo XVI. En un principio era una fortaleza de planta rectangular, a la que, en el Siglo XIV, además de reforzársele los elementos defensivos exteriores, se le añadió también la imponente torre del homenaje. Posteriormente, a lo largo de los siglos XV y XVI, fueron realizadas numerosas reformas, entre ellas, la construcción del patio de armas columnado, techado de madera y doble galería, con columnas y capiteles del gótico tardío en la inferior y construida en madera la superior. Dichas reformas dieron lugar a que hoy día la fortaleza ofrezca el sólido y atractivo aspecto que luce.
Actualmente, se encuentra reformado y rehabilitado. En sus antiguos calabozos, dispuestos alrededor del patio de armas, se encuentra un Museo Etnográfico con una exposición de aperos, enseres y utensilios donados por los vecinos de la localidad. En sus dependencias se halla también un Centro de Interpretación Medieval llamado “Vivir en la frontera”, que ilustra sobre la vida de las gentes en el territorio fronterizo con el Reino de Granada en tiempos de la reconquista. Un lugar pues que bien merece una visita.

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