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Vélez Blanco Castle

Castillo de Fajardo better known as the castle of Vélez-Blanco sits upon a spur of mount Mahimon above the town of Vélez-Blanco.

Castillo de Fajardo better known as the castle of Vélez-Blanco sits upon a spur of mount Mahimon above the town of Vélez-Blanco.

 

With magnificent views through the Blanco valley the castle appears on many post-cards, books and publications for the province of Almería.

 

Considered one of the finest examples of Renaissance style in Spain, melding indigenous gothic and Hispano-Moresque structural precedents, such as segmental arches and flat timber ceilings with exposed beams, to the architectural canons and ornamental motifs of the Italian Renaissance.

 

Its construction is usually attributed to the Italian Architects Francisco Floretín, Martín Milanés, Francisco Fernández and Michele Carlone whose presence is also documented during these times as having worked on the Palace of La Calahorra in Granada.

 

 

The castle was declared a National Monument (Bien de Interés Cultural) on 3rd June 1931 and in December 2004 the Junta De Andalucía made a sale of agreement with the owner, Salvador Ferrandis Álvarez De Toledo, Marqués de Valverde, with sale being completed in 2005. 

 

Jesús Romero, Director General of Bienes Cultares said ' Now we can say that the Castle of Vélez-Blanco is the property of the Junta de Andalucía, therefore it is the property of all Andalucians, and naturally of all Almerians and most importantly that of the residents of Vélez-Blanco'.