La Mota Castle is a fortress in Medina del Campo, in the
province of Valladolid, Spain.
Castle of La Mota History
The origins of this castle, called ‘de la Mota’ because of
its site on a small raised mound overlooking the town, go back to the 12th century, when it
guarded a fortified town within the Kingdom of Castile, on the frontier with León.
Its present form, however, is the result of alterations carried out in the
15th century, from the reign of John II onwards.
Some records indicate that Master Fernando Carreño participated in work done
on the castle in 1440. In the reign of Henry IV (reg 1454–74) the castlebelonged to the
Archbishop of Seville, Don Alonso de Fonseca, and was besieged by the townspeople. In 1475 it
passed into the hands of the Catholic rulers Ferdinand and Isabella. During their reign new
work was carried out under the direction of Alonso Nieto with the collaboration of Moorish
architects such as masters Abdallah and Alí de Lerma. In the 16th century the fortress was
converted into a state prison.
The deterioration of the castle already evident in 1592 was enough to cause
concern about the security of the prisoners, and in 1646 some repairs were carried out by
MasterManuel de Vega.
The irregular quadrilateral plan of La Mota Castle consists
of an outer ward or enceinte and an inner ward concentric with the first. The most outstanding
feature is the great keep inset in the north-east corner of the inner ward.
The castle was built with concrete walls faced with brick; on the outside of
the building the holes for the timber framing used in the construction of the concrete walls
are still visible. Restorations were carried out on the castle after the Spanish Civil War
(1936–1939), but some of the rooms were altered, making reconstruction of their original
The monumental proportions of the keep, relate it to a series of majestic
castles erected in Castile in the 15th century, like Torrelobatón Castle. In these castles it was usual to
enter the keep from the parapet of the inner ward, but that of La Mota is
now entered from ground level. The enceinte is similar to that at Coca Castle, which also has a ditch.
La Mota Castle also belongs to a small group of
15th-century Castilian fortresses built of brick instead of the more usual ashlar. Included in
this group, as well as Coca Castle, are Arévalo y Castronuevo (Avila) and
Castle of La Mota
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