Sigüenza, visit of the hostel, the cathedral and its maiden in Guadalajara

Sigüenza Castle, now national hostel

One of the most interesting visits to make walking distance from Madrid is the historic population of Sigüenza in the Guadalajara province, in Castilla la Mancha.

Taking advantage of a weekend I had the opportunity to visit this town of which I had good references.

The first thing that should be stressed is that, due to its geographical location between the mountain ranges Central and Iberian, Sigüenza It has been for several centuries a natural passageway of the peninsula.

Thus, throughout its history, Roman, Visigoth and Muslim populations inhabited this enclave.

What to see in the visit of Sigüenza

A good reflection of this historical step is the Sigüenza Castle, currently become a national hostel, which was rebuilt in 1976.

Castle and national hostel of Sigüenza

He medieval castle It was built on top of the hill, which provides beautiful panoramic views of Sigüenza.

Sigüenza Cathedral in the province of Guadalajara

The fortress has its origins in the remains of an Arab citadel, which was built on a Roman settlement.

For centuries these walls have protected their inhabitants many times.

He castle It consists of a central courtyard with gardens, which was used to shelter the villagers when the population was attacked.

This patio is surrounded by several rooms such as dining rooms, lounges and rooms.

He Sigüenza Castle it has been the residence of kings, cardinals and bishops; even among its halls you can find a chapel of the thirteenth century.

Currently some of its rooms are visited, but whether you stay or not, it is worth taking a walk through its patios, restaurants and dining rooms, which have a striking medieval decoration.

National hostel of Sigüenza in Guadalajara

Sigüenza Walls

Leaving the castle and down the cobbled streets of Sigüenza, you can find remains of the two medieval walls that protected the city with its corresponding doors.

Sigüenza It has a peculiarity, the construction of the city originated at the top of the hill where the castle is located and from there it has grown down a hillside.

In this way in the constructions you can see the passage of the centuries as you descend towards the cathedral.

In the lower part you can see the widening of contemporary cities.

Jail Square

On your way to the cathedral you will find among other places, the jail square, which was previously the main square where you could find the most important civil buildings.

Panoramic view of Sigüenza from the castle

These were the old jail, he town hall and the Posada del Sol, buildings that are still preserved.

Sigüenza Cathedral

The actual Main Square gives way to the majestic Sigüenza Cathedral, whose origin dates from the time of the reconquest of Muslims.

Starting from a Romanesque style, the cathedral has been built with different styles over the centuries.

As you approach, the huge size of the building will catch your attention.

Once you access its interior, you will get another surprise and it is its great ship of Gothic style of the fifteenth century.

Doncel of Sigüenza

The cathedral finishes its mosaic of styles with the ornamental part dating from the 18th century.

Doncel of Sigüenza

An essential corner to see inside the cathedral is the sepulcher that keeps the remains of Martín Vázquez de Arce.

Known as the Doncel of Sigüenza, his grave has one of the most outstanding sculptures of Spanish Gothic.

A good excuse to visit the city is to take advantage of the celebration of an exhibition such as the one that took place inside the cathedral in October 2016,Atempora exhibition.

It was a review of the historical context of the time in which they lived Cervantes Y Shakespeare taking advantage of the 400 years of the death of the two greatest exponents of universal literature.

Sigüenza Cathedral in the province of Guadalajara

This commemoration was used to present a flag that was taken from the pirate Francis Drake during his foray into Spain and Portugal.

The flag was found on the bottom of the cathedral and was donated by a nephew-grandson of the aforementioned Doncel of Sigüenza.

In the Atempora exhibition objects of the time could be seen, in addition to some samples of the work of El Greco, Garcilaso de la Vega, Cincinato etc…

Timeless It was divided into two zones, the cloister, where the civil exhibition was located, and the area of ​​the cathedral where the religious exhibition was located.

In the latter theSanta Librada altarpiece, the sacristy major or the chapel of the Holy Spirit, in addition to the mausoleum of Portugal Factory where the aforementioned sepulcher of the Doncel of Sigüenza.

How to get to Sigüenza

Photos of Siguenza

Here you have more photos of Sigüenza, its castle and the cathedral, visit to be carried out in the province of Guadalajara.