In the province of Valladolid we find the Spanish castle with architecture close to Gothic style. The building came under the protection of the Spanish State, since 1904 by the act of Bien de Inters Cultural. Castle de La Mota was built in 1080 as an outpost against the Moors. It was conquered once in 1345 when the castle gates fell in front of Enrique de Trastamara. After the battle of Olameido, in 1445, La Mota became part of the possessions of the Castilian monarchy. The castle served as a prison for many famous characters: Cesare Borgia and Hernando Pizzaro. Today it is one of the most searched castles in Spain, its gates remaining open to millions of visitors who cross its threshold annually.
Castle de La Mota is one of the most impressive castles in Spain, marking architecturally the so-called “transition” stage. Designed by the Christians, it was going to be built and decorated by Islamic artists in the 13th-14th centuries. It had a network of tunnels and rooms, a Romanesque chapel with Moorish influences, a very solid defensive wall, towers and perfectly designed ramparts, maintaining its Moorish and distinct air.
The large outer barbican is La Mota’s main feature, while inside the castle is found a trapezoidal plan, with 4 towers and also a square yard. It features a large square keep tower and an interior curtain wall, which was used for archers. The access to the castle was made through a drawbridge.
Starting with the 17th century, the castle was in bad conditions so it needed consolidation works. But after it was abandoned it fell in ruin again. In the beginning of the 20th century the castle was in its worst condition but was later saved, restored and used as an education institute for the Female Section of the Falange.