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Photo of Colmenar and its Castle August 28, 2013

Posted by cantueso in building, history.
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Close to the foreground  there are olive trees, and the lights twinkling on the horizon are those of the village of Colmenar.

In the grass there are  these white things that could be stones, but are in fact  trash: papers, bottles, plastic bags and wrappers mostly visible on photos now, with those mega pixel cameras.

The town’s complete name is Colmenar de Oreja.
If you know some Spanish, you’ll think it means Colmenar of the Ear, but in fact there was a Roman settlement called Aureliae that had its name from the Roman consul Aurelius.

The castle is in ruins.
It looks like it may not get through yet another winter, but you can bet it will still be there next spring  with a few more cracks in its walls and somewhat more dangerous for curious photographers and children to investigate and creep into those tempting holes you can see on the enlarged picture. Those would be irresistible to kids.

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It seems too dangerous even to go anywhere near it, but nothing ever happens.  As a foreigner one just hates to think  of all that could happen, since it is certainly falling apart.

Maybe there are guardian angels specially assigned to  people visiting the ruins of Spanish castles.

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La foto es de Rowanwindwhistler publicada bajo CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license en http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sillar

I found this photo when I was looking for information for a post about the pyramids of Gaza :-)

The caption says “Oreja castle ashlar” and according to Wikipedia,that strange word ashlar comes from Old French aisselier, from axilla, diminutive of axis.

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The castle and its town are not well known among tourists, but they are near a very famous little town called Chinchon, south of Madrid:

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Chinchón Madrid 22

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Chinchón Madrid 11

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chinchon map

from http://www.codigopostal.org/chinchon-cp-28370/
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