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Basic Info

Name of castle: Jadraque
Location: Guadalajara
Country: Spain

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Arab chronicles mention a castle built here in 801 to protect the valley of the Henares and the access to Guadalajara.
The primitive castle of Sacharaque was demolished by Don Pedro Gonzalez de Mendoza, at the time bishop of Siguenza, because it was in ruins. Years later, at the end of the fifteenth century, it was rebuilt.

The most impressive feature of the castle is its position on a hill that looks as if it had been created especially for such a castle.

In plan it is a long parallelogram with its sides in a ratio of. one to four. There are circular and square towers along its flanks and at the corners. There is neither a principal tower nor a protective ditch, but there is a barbican with strong sloping batters for artillery warfare.

The castle is very sober in profile, with smooth walls terminating in crenellations. It has neither the machicolations nor projecting turrets characteristic of other seignorial castles of the fifteenth century.

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