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PLACES OF INTEREST

The Castle - Emblem of civilizations

Although the current construction belongs to the time of the Reconquest, in the castle of Montánchez we can observe vestiges of the different civilizations that have populated it.

We can assure that the first construction located in the location of the castle is of Visigothic origin. From this construction, and using the old material, the Arab town from the 8th century builds elements that have been preserved until today, such as the cistern or several wall cloths.

After the Christian conquest in 1156, the second phase of the castle was built, being organized as it is today. If we visit the castle, we will observe two well differentiated enclosures.

In the interior we can find the old residential area, which by the use of its double windows and its semicircular arches give us to understand that it was a manorial palace. In addition, inside this inner enclosure we find the parade ground, a rectangular patio surrounded by rooms, the old chapter house, the homage yard and the tower with the same name. In this area of ​​the castle an excavation has begun to recover an old wine cellar dating from the Middle Ages.


The Cemetery - Best cemetery in Spain

Awarded in 2015 with the award for Best Cemetery in Spain by the magazine 'Adiós', in collaboration with the Association of Funeral and Municipal Cemeteries (AFCM).

The Montánchez cemetery is, without a doubt, a special place. Located on the side of a steep cliff, crowned by a castle of Arab origin, the necropolis is built by digging and molding the granite that forms the mountain. Saving the terrain inclination terraces were built at different heights.


The fluttering cancho - Wavering cancho

A large cult stone considered a megalithic monument by some, and object of the naturist cult of prehistoric men by others.

It had as a peculiarity that it could move with the strength of a single finger. On the other hand, if the force was exerted, the batholith did not lose its position. Unfortunately, during the Spanish Civil War two companies of the National Regiment knocked down the stone showing their "bravery".


The bell tower

The bell tower of Montánchez stands out for the peculiarity of being built adjacent to the parish church of San Mateo, located on a beautiful walkway with viewpoint and green areas. A curious place that is worth spending time on a visit to Montánchez.


Cruises

Montánchez has several cruises dotted throughout the town. Among the most important cruises include the three crosses of Calvary, the cross of the martyrs, the cross of the meadow, the little pit or the cross that crowns the source of two pipes. These relics, carved in granite, were generally located at the entrances and exits of the towns or at the crossroads of roads.


Neighborhood of Canchalejo

It is the oldest neighborhood of the town and its main feature is the irregular layout of its streets. Narrow streets, some of them without exit, and pretty corners. A place to lose yourself, that will take you to remote times.


Parish Church of San Mateo

Built in the 14th century towards the year 1380. As it exists today, it dates from the year 1694. The architect was Don Francisco Iglesias. There are theories that explain that the original project was intended to build a larger church but due to the lack of credit they had to abandon the project.


The hermitages

Montánchez counts among its patrimony with seven hermitages. Built in honor of the Virgen del Pilar, the Virgin of Fatima, Santo Domingo, the Virgin of the Remedies, San Antonio, the Martyrs and the one located in the castle where the patron saint of Montánchez rests. Each of them different in style and size, but all of them with different aspects that make them unique.


Vanderlinde Foundation

Located in a historic building in Montánchez known traditionally as "The House of the Nogalas" has a permanent exhibition of the realistic painter Alwin VanderlLinde. In addition, the foundation arises with the aim of promoting cultural exchange between Spain and China through art and creativity. It is a living space where seminars, screenings, debates, etc. are organized.

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