Castle of CarcelénCarcelén (Albacete)GPS: 39.10219955444336, -1.3085299730300903
The ancient castle, now remodeled as a library, allows the visitor an attractive passage among books.
HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION
Nothing better than enjoying theplaza mayor(main square) of Carcelén, seeing as it is the ancient patio of this very castle. In the plaza, the Tower Keep maintains its ancient entryway and battlements, faithfully transmitting its military spirit.
The history of the castle goes hand in hand with that of Carcelén (the town), which was a hamlet of Almansa after the Christian conquest, passed to the Council of Jorquera and later to the diocese of Cartagena. Long disputed, it was Alfonso of Aragón who returned the territorial and jurisdictional rights to the town.
SCHEDULE AND CONTACT
Currently the castle houses a library and exhibit rooms.
It is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 14:00. To visit the castle outside these hours, contact the Tourism Association at telephone: 663 51 37 71 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a visit (weekends included).
In keeping with the entire history of Carcelén, the visitor cannot miss the opportunity to visit theIglesia de San Andrés Apóstol(Church of St. Andrew the Apostle), which was refurbished in the 18th century and theErmita del Cristo de las Eras(Chapel of Christ of the Ages), a baroque jewel that dates to the 17th and 18th centuries, with an impressive Crucifix from the 16th century.