#172 Castillo nuevo de los Mendoza
Manzanares el Real
Province of Madrid, Spain
This is NOT an official Lego site
For many years there
was confusion as to who built the beautiful palace-fortress at
Manzanares el Real, located about 30 miles north of Madrid, at the base
of the Guadarrama Mountain Range. The lands were ceded to Pedro
Gonzßles de Mendoza I in
1383 for loyal service by King John I [Juan I] of Castile & Leˇn. In 1445 El
Real de Manzanares was re-granted to Pedro's grandson, Don
═˝igo Lopez de
Mendoza, a great poet and statesman. It was assumed he built the
castle, the date of which was unknown for a time. However the
style of the castle and its architect did not occur until nearly 20
═˝igo's death in 1458. It is now thought
that the castle was begun in 1475, the year ═˝igo's son, Diego Hurtado
de Mendoza was made the 1st Duke of the Infantado by King Ferdinand and
Queen Isabella. Castle construction was continued by his son,
═˝igo Lopez de Mendoza y Luna, the 2nd Duke, but the powerful family
moved it's primary residence to Guadalajara, and the fortress was never
completed. The building is in the florid Gothic style with MudÚjar
[from Moors who remained in Spain after the reconquest] and Renaissance
The inner fortress
is square in pattern, with round towers at three
corners, and a larger square tower at the fourth, capped by an ornate
octagonal turret. This tower functions as the keep. On the
east side is a large chapel which incorporates a much older apse, likely
from the church that accompanied the earlier Castillo antiguo de
Manzanares el Real, of which little remains of the ruin nearby. The inner castle is
encircled by a low embattled curtain wall with numerous arrowslits in
the shape of the Jerusalem Cross. The fortress-palace, vacant and
abandoned for several hundred years, was well clear of much of the
turbulence of history, and thus in a pretty descent
state when it was given to the Madrid County Council in 1965. An
ambitious three-year restoration plan began in 1974, with medieval
furniture, rugs, tapestries and paintings added, making the castle a
prime venue not only for tourists, but conferences, seminars and
of the Lego Model
under construction February 2019
begins on February 5
with the very large project laid out
in five sections.
picture from the side for
perspective. It will likely not be
around for long...
first day the sections
begin to be 'shored up' with plates
on every seam, etc.
On Wednesday, Feb. 6 all
sections have been rendered
strong and moveable. Almost
time to begin building...
But first the
inner castle needs to be
defined, which occurs the next day.
On February 9
and the tan stone can begin to be
appreciated in section 1!
15, basic landscaping
has occurred on 4 sections, and
the outer courtyard is defined.
Here's a view
of the substructure.
Hate to have elements tumble
...as is the
in front of the castle.
I was having so much fun
I took no pictures for 3 weeks.
But this is
what the castle
looked like on March 8:
ready for the inner castle.
By March 21
work is under-
way on the courtyard, to be
built in two parts...
even has stained glass
is complete -- ready to
welcome guests and
deter potential foes.
I now have
built for more than
five weeks without taking a picture.
Here's the front on April 29. ☹
be added are turrets and
decorative wall walk
for the Mendozas and their
Even the inner courtyard is
completely roofed with the Lego
equivalent of clay tiles.
|Finally a snapshot on the
10th of May. For the finished
castle, please see below.
of the Lego Model
Built February-May, 2019
Here in the
first two rows
are general views of the
castle. From the WSW.
|From the SSW.||From the SSE.||
From the southeast.
|From the northeast.||From the north.||
...and the west side,
aka the front.
|The numerous arrow-
slits which soon were
|The steps to the outer
curtain wall walk.
construction around the
The main door
the inner castle.
atop all four towers.
wall walk for
owners and visitors alike.
with its interesting
exiting the Chapel.
|Here is the exquisite two
story courtyard. North view.
|The east end overlooking
And the symmetrical
|Finally, here's the now
residential story atop the
chapel. The stairs are my
take on access to the roof.
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