Name of castle: Coca
Location: Coca, Segovia
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The castle of Coca was built in the late fifteenth century by Don Alonso de Fonseca, one of the most magnificent and luxury-loving magnates of Castile. It lies in the province of Segovia but is close to the border of Valladolid. Cuellar, Arevalo, Olmedo, and Coca formed a square of great strategic importance.
Built in a sandy, wooded land, poor in stone but rich in mudejar masons, it was naturally built of brick, as were the castles of Arevalo and Medina del Campo, and a multitude of churches in the area. But despite its brick construction, it is not Islamic in plan or disposition. In this respect it is completely Christian. The outer enclosure, with polygonal towers at the corners and semicircular ones on the walls, emerges from a huge moat with views of the artillery defenses. Behind it rise the extremely strong walls of the main part of the castle, which repeat the polygonal and round towers of the outer enclosure. These polygonal forms are especially suited to brick construction.
Luismi Laguna, 20, from Segovia, Spain, wrote:
Coca, ciudad natal del emperador Teodosio el Grande hay que ver la torre de ladrillo de su antigua iglesia de San Nicolás desaparecida, pero sobre todo el magnífico castillo gótico mudéjar. Levantado a partir de 1453 por iniciativa del arzobispo de Sevilla fue realmente usado más como palacio que como fortaleza. Los juegos de relieves de los ladrillos y el juego de perspectivas de los adarves almenados más la gran torre del homenaje hacen de éste uno de los más estupendos castillos de España
Scott Whipple, 40, from Arizona, USA wrote:
Coca was built around 1600, primarily as a residence. Coca looks a bit too ornate to be taken seriously as a military castle, but it features extensive crenellations and some very interesting cross-and-orb holes, ostensibly for shooting. The construction is entirely of brick, in alternating tan and white layers. The castle is surrounded by a moat about 40 feet deep, and consists of three concentric walls around a central tower. Coca castle is currently used as a school, but is almost entirely accessible to visitors. It lies about an hour north of Segovia, and is near Mota castle, which is similar in age, size, and style. Of the two, Coca is perhaps slightly more interesting, but both are worthy of a visit if you're in Segovia and/or driving north toward Leon. We visited in May 1997, and spent about two hours walking around the ramparts, climbing steep, narrow staircases up to the ramparts or down to the moat. In one of these, we encountered a (non-poisonous) snake, which promptly slithered away into the moat.