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    The castle

    by micas_pt Updated Jan 8, 2010

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    Castle and windmills

    The castle is situated by the windmills, on top of the hill. It is a 10th century fortress, built by the mourish rulers of Cordoba, to prevent attacks and conquests of the northern Castilla. From then on, it has been refurbished and adapted accordingly to different ephoques and rulers, including a chapel.

    Nowadays it is open for visiting, although not all but part as it is still being refurbished, and it also houses theatre plays and other cultural events.

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    The castle and windmills

    by micas_pt Updated Jan 8, 2010

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    View from the windmills

    Consuegra's main attractions are situated outside the city, on top of a hill named Calderico overlooking the surroundig plains and the city itself.

    From up there, you enjoy magnificent views both over the city and the Castilla la Mancha plains. We visited in Summer, so the surrounding fields varied between light shades of brown and green, providing almost geometrical patterns. The rooftops are very photogenic!

    Up on the hill attractions are: the castle and the 11 windmills, which were what lead us to visit Consuegra. Arriving in the windmills from city centre by car is fast and easy.

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    Santísimo Cristo de la Vera Cruz church

    by micas_pt Updated Jan 8, 2010

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    Church

    The church's belfry and cupula stand out when seen for afar, that is, from the windmills. Also, when in city centre it is near the Plaza de España, so it is worth taking a look at it.

    This neo-baroque church dates from the 18th century and it is dedicated to Cristo de la Vera Cruz, the city's patron.

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    Plaza de España

    by micas_pt Updated Jan 8, 2010

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    Plaza de Espa��a, Municipal Museum

    In this square, the central point of the city, 3 buildings stand out:

    . the Town Hall, a 17th century building typical Toledo style, from which I'd mention its sundial and also the arch and the clock tower;

    . the "los corredores", a building opposite the Town Hall and which is considered as one of the highlights of the city. The building has a beautiful façade with cherubim and wooden details, and is a fine example of "manchego" style (manchego is an adjective that derives from the Province name Castilla la Mancha). This building used to be a warehouse and the Town Hall;

    . the "San Gumersindo" school building, which dates from early 20th century.

    The Municipal Archeological Museum is situated in Plaza de España and there you may discover pieces which range from the neolithic days till late 19th century.

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    The windmills

    by micas_pt Written Jan 8, 2010

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    Windmills

    The windmills were originally 13 but nowadays only 11 are left, from which 4 retain the mechanism to moan or work accordingly to their purpose. Windmills, or molinos in Castellano, have their own names:

    . Sancho, Rucio, Bolero and Espartero, are the ones where the mechanism, or parts of it, still exist;

    . Mambrino, Vista Alegre, Cardeño, Alcancía, Chispas, Caballero del Verde Gabán, Clavileño, these 7 mills were supposed to act as museums or house exhibitions; however, weather conditions and security issues make it hard to keep valuable pieces there; also finance restraints for keeping all that, personnel included. Nowadays, some of them work as gift shops, tourism office or even promoter of Andorra.

    The location and the lined white windmills provide great opportunity for photos.

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    Find the Roman dam!

    by angiebabe Updated Oct 27, 2008

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    More Roman ruins to be found and quite exciting too here about 6 km out of Consuegra.

    The tourist office that is in one of the windmills up on the hill above Consuegra gave me a map of the sites to around the area - including information I otherwise hadnt seen anywhere else about this ancient dam built here by the Romans.

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    Route of Don Quixote

    by angiebabe Written Sep 9, 2007

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    Ruta de Don Quixote finishes here at Consuegra
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    The tourist authorities try hard to push (advertising quite prominently with strategic signs around the area!) their Ruta de Don Quixote across the plains, highlighting the windmills and other Qixotic sights.

    The signposted route starts at Belmonte, which has an excellent castle as well, and finishes here at Consuegra, which can be done in a day.

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    Views from Consuegra's Castle

    by angiebabe Updated Sep 9, 2007

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    views down over the town
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    Once the headquarters of the order of Saint John in the 12 th century, this castle with excellent views of the plains below and surrounds for miles around, is gradually being restored.

    The castle shares a plateau with 12 restored and highly photogenic windmills.

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    visit the best windmills of course!!

    by angiebabe Written Nov 24, 2006

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    windmills on the hill ahead
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    I was rather excited when the 11 windmills along the high ridge above Consuegra came in to view as i made my way to visit this photogenic highlight!
    Highly photogenic windmills with castle and lovely views of the plain below.

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    Look under your feet

    by gale.blog.pl Updated Jun 6, 2006

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    Have a look right under your feet. It's worth it. Saffron, the most valuable spice in the world is made of these tiny flowers. Yes, it is true!

    Three female stigmas must be picked from each one of them as soon as it grows. The stamens are then dried at homes. It takes 2000 crocuses to make 1 gram of saffron.

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    Visit the Windmills

    by hquittner Updated Mar 30, 2006

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    OneWindmill

    This is the only reason one stops here. The town is below the road. The windmills are upward on a plateau and easily seen. Nearby are the ruins of an ancient fortress (castle). The blazing sun beats down on this treeless area of La Mancha. We were on our way to Ubeda and had read about the windmills in the Michelin guide. In 1983 no tourbuses travelled this route. One of the mills had been "repaired", but all were padlocked. The repaired one had some items inside (sort of a museum). The area was as deserted as the nearby fortress ruins. We were alone in a strange land and somewhat uneasy.The views were superb in every direction, especially the one as you approach the mills on the road leading up to the mills. Their jutting hulks on the distant ridge would look ominous if you did not know what they were (really like giants). It was this eyefull that must have been the inspiration that Cervantes received that lead to the creation of his great masterpiece. The mills were built in about 1570, when Cervantes was a young man, and were considered at that time to be the latest in Dutch technology.

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    Visit the town of Consuegra?

    by hquittner Written Mar 30, 2006

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    The town of Consuegra

    We did not feel that the town had anything to interest us, so we hurried on to Valdepenas for a late lunch (and good local wine). The picture is one of the vistas from the ridge where the castle and mills are sited.

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    Examine the Castle

    by hquittner Written Mar 30, 2006

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    The Castle and me and the heat
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    The castle has 3 round towers and is near a cluster of mills on the broad ledge above the road. It was built by the Knights of Malta (in the 13C?) on a Roman foundation. We were not conquerors so we did not invade the inner precincts. In fact it was difficult to climb onto the structure and since we were absolutely alone in that barren heat, we were a little apprehensive in case we needed assistance.

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    Windmill Tilting(Cervantes Style)

    by hquittner Updated Mar 29, 2006

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    Giants ready to attack

    I do not remember if the sails of the windmills were fastened in the old days when we visited. If they were to move, it would have been dangerous (but nobody protected tourists or cared much about this at that time, 1983). It was not regarded as a heritage site.Cervantes was a battle and prison weary ex-soldier when he wrote Don Quixote, his immortal satirical novel. Its conceit tells of a deluded mature man who confuses idealism (gained from popular trash fiction) with reality and thus decides to wage war on terror (does this sound familiar?). His acts have painful consequences upon himself and others who are inspired by him or who dutifully follow him (with many symbolic events). He is not the romantic hero of the operetta "Man of La Mancha" but rather a pathetic anti-hero. The book is the ultimate reality-check on idealism.

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    Molinos de Viento 2

    by Carmela71 Updated Oct 7, 2003

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    This is the shop one

    All the wind mills have names, some are

    CABALLERO DEL VERDE GABAN, this one has old editions of the DON QUIJOTE

    BOLERO, this one is where the tourist office is sited.

    SANCHO is the only one working and the one responsable of the Safron festival

    ESPARTERO

    CHISPAS

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