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Colomares Castle Benalmadena
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrThe Castillo de Colomares in Benalmadena, Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Built by Dr. Esteban Martin in 1987 and was completed in 1994, it is actually a monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus , a homage to his life, journeys and adventures.
As you explore the castle and marvel at the magnificent structure, you’d never guess that the fairy tale-like castle was designed by a doctor, who took inspirations from various architectural styles that had a significant effect to the Spanish culture like the Byzantine, Gothic, Romanesque, and Mudejar.
A Monumental Tribute Fit for the King of AdventuresThe Colomares Castle covers an area of 4,921 feet and attained the distinction as the largest monument in the world dedicated to the great Christopher Columbus. As you go around the castle, you will find numerous depictions of the explorer’s milestones and historic journeys. A beautiful example is the carving of the three ships he used for his voyage to America.
The entire structure is carved with representations of his journeys, as well as the coats of arms of the gentry and Catholic monarchs that went with Columbus on his expeditions. Inside the castle, you will also find breathtakingly beautiful stained glass windows, a large book that meticulously details the voyages and more beautiful carvings in reference to the three cultures prevalent in that period: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
Dr. Esteban Martín’s architectural masterpiece also houses the Guinness Book of Records’ smallest church in the world, covering an area of a mere 1.96 square meters. An empty mausoleum reserved for the remains of Christopher Columbus was built beside the church, in the hopes that the explorer will be finally laid to rest there.
Castillo de Colomares has been used as a reptile center and a falconry over the years, but now, it has become a must-visit attraction in Benaládena . It is an awe-inspiring historical monument truly fit for the great navigator and explorer who discovered America.
How to Get ThereFrom the main intersection in Benalmadena, head to Carretera Costa del Sol. You will reach the castle at Finca La Carraca after a 10-minute walk.
Costs and Visiting TimesChildren and pensioners only have to pay €1 ($1.50) to tour the castle, while adults are charged €2 ($2.30). There are qualified staff and guides who will help facilitate the tour. In winter, the castle opens at 10AM to 2PM for the first part of the day and during spring and summer, tourists can visit from 10AM to 2PM or at 4PM to 7PM. In summer, the castle accepts visitors from 10AM to 2PM and then at 5PM to 9PM.
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Author: epicandrea. Last updated: Feb 02, 2015