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Discover Almansa, a beautiful town in Albacete

Almansa is a beautiful municipality in the province of Albacete, in Castile-La Mancha. Inhabited since prehistory, it began to gain importance in the Middle Ages, especially when it became part of the kingdom of Castile. Are you coming to meet him?

What to see in Almansa

1. Archpriest Church of the Assumption

In the Plaza de Santa María stands the imposing Archpriest Church of the Assumption. It is a temple that has its origin in the 16th century, but has undergone transformations until the 19th century. Its interior, much more sober as it has been renovated in a neoclassical style, has a barrel vault, as well as a semicircular apse with multiple columns.

The façade is neoclassical, but it is framed in a Renaissance-style architecture. Next to it is its tower, made of brick and whose construction took place in the 18th century. But the other tower is missing, which was never built due to lack of funds.

It is one of the most important places in Almansa, since at its feet two of its most important cultural events are held: the so-called ‘Conversion of the Moor to Christianity’ and the ‘Serenade to the Virgin of Bethlehem’. All this, during the major festivals of Almansa.

2. Castle of Almansa

It is a fortification whose origins date back to the Almohad period, that is, in the twelfth century. To access it you have to climb from the Church of the Asunción to the Cerro del Águila. Originally made of rammed earth, when it passed into Christian hands it was reinforced by new masonry walls.

It was at the time one of the most important fortifications of the time, since this was the border area between the Kingdom of Valencia and the Taifa of Murcia. It was delivered to Alfonso X when he was still the prince. Its greatest reform would take place in the fifteenth century, while it was owned by Juan Pacheco, Marquis of Villena.

It has a quadrangular ground plan around which extends a battlemented wall and a barbican. The tower of homage stands out in the whole complex. From it the entire territory of Almansa is controlled.

3. Casa Grande or palace of the Cirat

Next to the church of the Asunción is the Casa Grande or palace of the Cirat Counts. Today it is the seat of the Town Hall, but it was originally a 16th-century palace. It has a square floor plan and the distribution of its rooms and halls was carried out around the patio, which has galleries with semicircular arches and decorated shields on its spandrels.

Its construction was carried out by order of Alfonso de Pina. This was a nobleman from Almansa whose family had participated in the conquest of the Kingdom of Valencia with King Jaime of Aragon. However, since the 18th century it belonged to the Count of Cirat, hence his name.

Already in the 20th century it was acquired and restored by the Town Council of the town so that it would be its headquarters. Its facade is a great example of Mannerist architecture which has been related to Francisco del Castillo, following the architectural treatises of Sebastiano Serlio.

4. Other monuments in Almansa

In addition to the castle, the Church of the Assumption and the Casa Grande, in Almansa you can also see many more monuments and places of interest. Among them, highlights the convent of Corpus Christiin the vicinity of which you will also find the noble houses of the Enríquez de Navarra and the Galiano family, as well as the House of Culture.

Another place of interest is the convent of San Francisco, of baroque style and which has the church of Santiago Apóstol as a whole. Also, you cannot miss the bridge of Carlos IV, which served as a passage to Madrid and that was built in the 18th century, or the fish market, which dates back to the 19th century.

What to see near Almansa

As you may have seen, Almansa is a place worth visiting. But in addition, on the outskirts of the town there are also unique spaces worth knowing. We can mention the Torre Grandea farmhouse with an impressive three-storey tower and basement, or the Baroque sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de Belén and the hermitage of San Blas.

Y you can’t miss the cuckoos, where the main one is the so-called Cuco de los Garganchines. They are buildings made of dry stone that served as a shelter for those who went out to graze, but whose age has not yet been determined.

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