Chinchilla de Monte-Aragón
Chinchilla de Monte-Aragon
Castle of Chinchilla de Monte-Aragón
Located on a hill that dominates the plains of La Mancha, the town of Chinchilla de Monte Aragón has a remarkable castle built in the 15th century by Juan Pacheco, marquis of Villena, and a beautiful medieval historic quarter. Chinchilla de Monte Aragón calls for a serene walk through its streets, in order to admire the great houses and courtyards, and discover the quarter of Hondón, with its typical houses dug on the earth. It preserves the remains of the wall, some Arab vestiges, and the gate of Tiradores. It also has an impressive moat, dug on the rock, ten metres wide by six metres deep. In the urban centre we can still find ancient Arab public baths, as well as several emblazoned houses from the 16th to 18th centuries, such as the ancestral homes of López de Haro, Núñez Robles, the Palace of Barnuevo, the 16th-century house of Tercia, and the old public granary. In the main square, or Plaza Mayor, we find the City Hall, which dates from the 16th to 18th centuries. The most important religious building is the parish church of Santa María del Salvador, with overlapping styles from Gothic to Baroque. Other interesting buildings include the hospital of San Julián, the convent of Santo Domingo, and the remains of the convent of Santa Ana.