Traveling World

Ciudad Real, Spain - attractions, pictures

Ciudad Real - a small (about 60 thousand inhabitants) and not so old city of 200 km. south of Madrid. The name "Royal City" and, in fact, the status of the city, he received in 1420, in reward for the support of King Juan II in dynastic discontent. Prior to this, the settlement was called Villa Real.
Now it is a typical Castilian town, with some typical Castilian sights.

Church of St. Peter was founded by three local knights. This is a fairly large building, built just at the time when the newly acquired city status attracted new residents. However, the same can be said about all other religious buildings of the city. The clock tower appeared only in the XVIII century.


 Ciudad Real.Church of St. Peter

 Church of St. Peter
Iglesia de San Pedro (XIV-XV century)


 Ciudad Real. Church of St. Peter

 Church of St. Peter
Iglesia de San Pedro (XIV-XV century)


I wrote about Conceptions in an article aboutMerida. In Ciudad Real, too, there is a monastery of this not-so-famous order. The Spanish name "Franciscan conception convent" recalls the times when the Connectionists were under the auspices of the order of the Franciscans. Now this is not so.


 Ciudad Real. Conceptions Monastery

 Conceptions Monastery
Convento de las Concepcionistas Franciscanas (XVI century)


It is assumed that the tower of the church of St. Jacob first was a separate defensive structure, and then it was used as a church bell tower. In principle, very similar - small windows, more like loopholes, appear only at the very top of the tower. However, the whole church, judging by its appearance, could well be used for defense.


 Ciudad Real.  Church of St. Jacob

 Church of St. Jacob
Iglesia de Santiago Apostol (XIII-XIV century)


 Ciudad Real.  Church of St. Jacob

 Church of St. Jacob
Iglesia de Santiago Apostol (XIII-XIV century)


The Chapel of the Defenders received such an unusual name because it was first in prison, and then it was part of the city hospital. All this, however, concerns the previous church, the present one was built later.


 Ciudad Real. Chapel of the Defenders

 Chapel of the Defenders
Ermita de los Remedios (XVII century)


The Church of Mercy belonged to the monastery of bare mercenaries. Strictly speaking, the buildings on both sides of it are the buildings of the former monastery. Barefoots were called monks, who took a vow to walk barefoot only.


 Ciudad Real. Church of Mercy

Church of Mercy
Iglesia de la Merced (XVII century)


From another city monastery, destroyed in the 60s of the XX century for the construction of an apartment building, there was only a portal. Moreover, later studies have revealed that in fact it is the old city gate of St. Mary, who used the construction of the church as a portal.


 Ciudad Real. Portal of the Dominican Monastery

Portal of the Dominican Monastery
Portada del Convento de Madres Dominicas (XVI century)


The Cathedral of Our Lady of Ciudad Real does not have a relation to the famous Madrid museum or clothing brand. :) Prado translates as a meadow, or rather pasture. So, probably, the name should be understood as the church of Our Lady of Shepherds.


 Ciudad Real. Cathedral of Our Lady Prado

Cathedral of Our Lady Prado
Catedral de las Ordenes Militares de Santa María Del Prado (XIII-XIV century)


Next to the cathedral, there was a fifteenth-century residential building owned by the local military leader Ernan Pérez del Pulgar, who distinguished himself when the Christian troops took Granada.


 Ciudad Real. House of Hernán Pérez del Pulgar

House of Hernán Pérez del Pulgar
Casa de Hernan Perez del Pulgar (XV century)


One of the few surviving sections of the city wall of Ciudad Real is the Toledo Gate. Attention is drawn to the characteristic, in Arabic style, contour of the passage.


 Ciudad Real. Toledo Gate

 Toledo Gate
Puerta de Toledo (XIV century)


Honestly, I visited Ciudad Real solely to stop somewhere on the way from Merida to Toledo. I walked around the city for half a day, remembering, under the cold wind of the Castilian plateau, the warm sun of Extremadura, and preparing to return to an even colder Moscow. :(
Yes, in the city, there are not many attractions, but for such a stop on the trip it is quite suitable. 


Tourist map of Ciudad Real
Tourist map of Ciudad Real


Coins of Spain


To the Travel List