Castillo de Soutomaior - Soutomaior Castle
Strategically located in the valley of the Verdugo river, just a few kilometres from the city of Pontevedra, this is an extremely well preserved example of military and palatial architectural.
It was founded in the 12th century and rebuilt in the 15th as the ancestral home of the legendary Pedro Álvarez de Sotomayor, Count of Camiña –popularly known as 'Pedro Madruga'–, a feudal knight who ultimately came to dominate the south of Galicia. It was again extensively refurbished in the 18th and the late 19th century.
It comprises an outer enclosure with an irregular oval floor plan, protecting two towers which are joined by a central section, with a moat and a drawbridge. Highlights of the site include the inner courtyard, the chapel and various pavilions and rooms, particularly the Damas gallery, featuring late 19th-century neo-Gothic ogival arches –the same period as the machicolations, drawbridge and other elements.
Castillo de Soutomaior, s/n
36691 Soutomaior (Pontevedra)http://www.soutomaior.com/
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