Located in the community of Castilla-La Mancha, Consuegra is a charming Spanish municipality that will make you fall in love from the moment you know it. Loaded with a lot of history, culture and spectacular natural landscapes,Consuegra, in Toledo, it is one of the best destinations you can visit. Join us for this tour through this mythical town. We are going?
The interesting story of Consuegra
The history of Consuegra goes back to the 6th century BC, when the first Iberian people settled in these lands. Consuegra became a city of great importance and development as it became a locality of the city.
Some important authors such as Ptolemy or Tito Livio name Consuegra in their writings, the great development of this city caught the attention of many people. An aqueduct, bridges, a dam and numerous roads are just some of the constructions carried out here.Castle - WellyWelly
The history of Consuegra is extremely interesting, since it came from one kingdom to another repeatedly. For example, when it was taken by the Arabs, it later passes into the hands of Castile, then it was again under the command of the Arabs, specifically Yusuf ben Taxfin, and then it was reconquered again by the Christians.
The windmills of Consuegra
The windmills of Consuegra are possibly the most famous windmills in the world, all thanks to the mythical character of Don Quijote de la Mancha.Windmills - canadastock
Of the 13 original mills, 12 are currently preserved, which have been restored. But, in addition, five of them have their complete operating mechanisms.
Same but different, each mill has its name: Bolero, Mambrino, Sancho, Saffron Festival, Backpacks, Vista Alegre, Cardeño, Piggy Bank, Sparks, Caballero del Verde Gabán, Rucio, Espartero and Clavileño. Visiting Consuegra and not knowing these famous mills is almost a sin, so you know, you can't stop knowing them.
"Look at your mercy," Sancho replied, "that those who resemble there are not giants, but windmills, and what look like arms on them are the blades, which, turned from the wind, make the millstone walk."
-Fragment ofDon Quijote of La Manchaby Miguel de Cervantes-
Other monuments of Consuegra
The castle of la Muela
La Muela Castle is one of the main tourist attractions of Consuegra. Although it is not known with absolute certainty who was responsible for the construction of this imposing building, historians believe that it was the Emperor Trajan. However, old documentation places the construction of the castle during the caliphate of Cordoba in the 10th century.Castle - LucVi
The truth is In 1083, King Alfonso VI took control of the castle as a dowry for his marriage to Queen Zaida. In later years he loses the castle again, which begins to pass from one hand to another successively.
The imposing building has three towers, an exterior adarve, an albarrana tower and a double line of walls. It is not until 1962 when the castle is ceded to the town hallSince then, a process of rehabilitation and restoration began and today is one of the main tourist attractions of the city.
Parish Church of Santa María la Mayor
This beautiful temple dates from 1723, its style is Toledo Mudejar. In the beginning this temple belonged to the convent of San Antonio de los Padres Franciscanos; However, after its destruction by the French in 1812 and subsequent abandonment of the Franciscans, it became the parish church of Santa María.
The church of San Juan BautistaChurch of San Juan Bautista - Eduardo Estellez
This church, built in 1567, is also Mudejar. Inside, two Renaissance covers and some paintings from the late 17th century belonging to the painter José de Beratón are preserved.
Church of the Holy Christ of Vera Vera
This spectacular church began to be built in the year 1750 and was completed in 1803. His style is neo-baroque. Its facade is white marble and inside is the image of the Christ of Vera Vera, patron of Consuegra, as well as numerous images belonging to Holy Week.
The famous square of Spain is one of the busiest places in the city. Many cultural and social events take place in this place, which in ancient times was a Roman forum, where the population also met.
Consuegra is one of the most historic villages you can find in Spain. Visiting it is discovering and knowing first hand an important part of Spanish culture.