Friday, 23 May 2014

Military History Photo Friday: A Castle in Northern Spain

We've been having an unseasonably warm and sunny week here in Cantabria, so last weekend the family and I went to San Vicente de la Barquera, west along the coast from where we live in Santander. It's been an important fishing port since medieval times and has this fine little castle guarding the harbor.

It was built in the 13th and 14th centuries and is the best preserved medieval castle in Cantabria. Unfortunately we couldn't get inside because it was just closing as we got there.

Below you can see the church of Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles and part of the old city wall. The church was closed too!


D.G. Hudson said...

How frustrating to miss checking out places. . . Was it at least cooler there?

I like how the rock seems embedded in the wall or is the wall built around the rock?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You have great timing! Cool castle.

Sean McLachlan said...

D.G.: Santander is a port too so we get the sea breeze just like San Vicente. The castle is built on an outcropping of rock. This was pretty common and makes for castles that are picturesque and hard to capture.

Alex: Story of my life!

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