Pozuelo de CalatravaPozuelo de Calatrava (Ciudad Real)GPS: 38.91210174560547, -3.8378798961639404
Within the Campo de Calatrava region, this town attracts the visitor’s attention due to its location near two salt lagoons of volcanic origin, that of Argamasilla and that of Inesperada; formerly used as medicinal waters. As at other thermal springs, here the Infante Don Carlos ordered the construction of the Baths of Fuensanta. In addition to the town’s natural features, the religious ones are important as well, which are the church and sanctuary that we must not fail to see.
WHAT WE’LL SEE
The 17th century church dedicated to Saint John the Baptist was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1989. Its nave is covered by a barreled vault and it has a polygonal apse and two low doors with porticoes, one of them with papal tiara.It is one of the few churches that preserves its three original altarpieces from the 18th century, the most important of which is that of the Main Altar made of walnut wood, non-polychromed, and with allegories to the Trinity. In the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Saints, we can also see a beautiful altarpiece with churrigueresque forms. The sanctuary is in the outskirts of the town and was built upon an old Arab fortress. It has only one nave in which we can see mural paintings and a beautiful mudejar coffered ceiling.
Access is free; consult the mass schedule so as to not interrupt.
Also admire the numerous examples of the town’s traditional architecture such as the water wheels, traditional work houses, farmhouses and the so-called Carapuchetes, a type of circular hut made of stone joined with mud or mortar, with only one opening for entry and covered with a false roof.