ID Location - 203 -
- Name:Ampudia Castle
Owner:Fundación Eugenio Fontaneda
Autonomous Community:Castilla y León
Address:Calle Costanilla de Santiago, s/n
Web / URL:Contact:Film Commission Castilla y León
Phone:(+34) 983 41 16 94
Description:The Gothic noble fortress, built in the 15th century, is shaped as a trapezoid, with three square turrets in the corners (the fourth collapsed) and symmetrical front. There are round turrets of the city wall from the 13th century, which the first castle possibly adjoined. Its square towers overlook Ampudia (Palencia, Castile and Leon). The castle was surrounded by a barrier which covers three fronts that are inside the wall of the villa. The courtyard has arches of late 15th or early 16th. The bridge at the entrance hast two arches and was built in stone in 1538.
Hours of Daylight:15 / 9
Climate:The area's climate is a Interior Mediterranean, characterised by a high thermal oscillation and erratic rainfall.
Historical Period:14th-16th centuries
Building material:Carved stone
State of Conservation:In good state
Geographical Environment:The village of Ampudia is in the Tierra de Campos, a landscape dominated by a sea of cereal crops, which is only interrupted by old dovecotes, remains of popular architecture. Ampudia shows visitors what remains of typical Castilian houses. Built with adobe, usually two-story high, with cool porticos where one can walk or take cover from the sun in summer. Some highlights are The Collegiate Church of San Miguel Arcangel, the Monastery of Nuestra Señora de Alconada, and also two chapels, and a Museum of Sacred Art, located in the old Convent of San Francisco.
Level of protection:Complete Monumental Protection
Filmed Productions:‘El Cid’ (Anthony Mann, 1961)
‘El mejor alcalde, el Rey’ (Rafael Gil, 1973)
Historical-Cultural Context:Although the castle suffered a long period of neglect, it was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1931. In 1960 Eugenio Perez Fontaneda, an important businessman, acquired it from the previous owner, the Countess de la Granja, and remodeled it into a museum to house his collection of art objects and antiques from the Duero basin.
Usual activities:Guided tours. Rental for private events.
Events, festivals and traditions:- National Exhibition of Bolillos in the arcades of the streets of the town (June)
- Paloteo and Dance Festival (August or end of July)
- Virgen de Alconada Festivity. Pilgrimage to the sanctuary, where the dancers of the city accompany the figure of the Patron Saint (September, 8th)
- Festivity of San Miguel, Patron of the parish. The traditional Castilian Market and the Baroque Fair take place in the closest weekend (September, 29th)