In the house with this sign (between the church and the main square) did the famous artist Francisco Goya live when he visited his brother Camilo, Capellan de los Condes de Chinchón.
(Picture of house, see t-log)
The church - La parroquial Iglesia de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora is being renovated for the moment, as a patrimonial historical memory of importance.
(note: The religious day of the Assumption of María is the oldest of the María days in the catholic church and is celebrated 15th of August, I guess that day has some special importance here in Chinchón. I was here just a few weeks before that)
As you can learn from a sign on the clock tower, this tower was built for an old church - Nuestra Señora de Grazia built in 15th century. The church was burned down by the French troups in 1808 and only the tower was left. It was restaurated in 1856 and got a new clock in 1858.
From all this events a saying was created:
"Chinchón has a tower without church and a church without tower."
Chinchon is a very picturesque village. Look specially at this houses with balconys, aside of the Plaza Mayor.
At the time for my visit the plaza was covered by some mobile arena for the corridas (i.e. the bull-fighting)
The church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Our Lady of Assumption) was built at 16th century, and is situated on the top of a hill; unfortunately, when I visited Chinchón, the church was closed, but the landscape that I enjoyed from there, justified the climb.
La iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción fue construida en el siglo XVI, y está situada en la cima de una elevación; lamentablemente, cuando visité Chinchón, la iglesia estaba cerrada, pero el paisaje que se aprecia desde allí justificó la subida.
Chinchón has several narrow and wandering streets of cobblestones, that climb from the main circus to the church. Just stray over there and enjoy the ancient buildings and the landscape.
Chinchón tiene varias callejuelas de piedra, estrechas y sinuosas, que suben desde la plaza principal hasta la iglesia. Da gusto perderse por allí y disfrutar de las casa antiguas y del paisaje.
Chinchón, as many other ancient villages, has its own castle; on the top of a hill near the town, there are the ruins of Castillo de los Cabrera (Cabrera's Castle). This castle was destroyed in 1520, rebuilt between 1590 and 1598; attacked in 1705 during a secession war, and fired by the frenchs in 1808. The ruins cannot be visited, but you can climb to the top close to them and enjoy the beautiful landscape.
Chinchón, como tantos otros pueblos antiguos,tiene su propio castillo; en la cima de una colina cercana al pueblo, están las ruinas del Castillo de los Cabrera. Este castillo fue destruido en 1520, reconstruido entre 1590 y 1598; atacado en 1705 durante una guerra de secesión, e incendiado por los franceses en 1808. Las ruinas no pueden visitarse, pero se puede subir hasta la cima y disfrutar del hermoso paisaje.
Plaza Mayor (main circus) is not only a beautiful circus; is the very heart of Chinchón. Ancient buildings with balconies surround the circus; several restaurants put their tables on it, so you can take a seat, have a drink, talk with the neighbours and watch the life goes by...
But sometimes this circus is not so calm and peaceful... The tables are kept, the cars are parked far from here, and some fences are put all around... The circus becomes a bull ring!!!!
Plaza Mayor no es sólo una plaza preciosa; es el verdadero corazón de Chinchón. Edificios antiguos con balcones rodean la plaza; numerosos restaurantes ponen sus mesas en ella, por lo que se puede tomar asiento, disfrutar una copa, hablar con los vecinos y mirar la vida pasar...
Pero algunas veces, la plaza no es tan calma y pacífica... Las mesas se guardan, los autos se estacionan lejos de allí, y algunas vallas se colocan... ¡La plaza del pueblo se transforma en plaza de toros!!!
The Ermita de San Roque (the Hermitage of Saint Roque) was built during the first part of the 16th century. Baroque style, it's dedicated to San Roque, patron saint of Chinchón.
El Convento de los Agustinos (the Convent of Saint Agustine), was founded by the Condes de Chinchón (Counts of Chinchón) in the 17th century.
Nowadays, it's a Parador (luxury hotel).
The construction of the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora. de la Asunción (Church of Our Lady of the Assumption) bega in 1.534 in gothic style, but works finished in 1.626.
This house was erected in 18th Century and has been made to a symbol and reference to Chinchón and its people.