Uclés is a small village but it boasts great historical importance, having taken part in some relevant events in history. It had a powerful famous castle perched on top of a hill. We still can see the watch tower, part of the wall, 2 fortified towers and a gate giving access to the fortified building as well as the Arco de la Fuente.

The village organizes itself around the Main Square and despite the negative effect that the last two centuries have caused it still preserves some magnificent architectonic examples including the Town Hall, with a arcaded façade. The most outstanding feature in Uclés is the Convent founded by La Orden de Santiago (Order of Saint James), the monastery. It is situated in a outstanding site, which makes it visible from several kilometres, being its only presence just a magnificent sight. The convent was originally situated in the castle we mentioned before but Felipe II wanted to grant a higher importance to the Order and sponsored the building we can see now. It has two very distinct although well integrated parts which are the convent and the church. The former articulates itself around the beautiful yard in the middle of which we can admire a superb Baroque cistern: The cloister has two storeys linked by a monumental staircase. The two façades are remarkable; the one in the east in of Plateresque style while the one on the west side is a fine example of the Churrigueresque style (Spanish baroque) Inside the building elements from a number of different styles prevailing at the time of its construction coexist, being worth of mention the coffered ceiling in the refectory. The church dates from the 16th and 17th centuries with an only nave and of classical proportions and with side chapels.

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When walking around you can come across the Sepulcro, excavations in the bare rock carried out in the 16th century by D. Tomás de Torres Moya. It stands out at the top of the hill opposite the village from where the whole village, the fortress and the monastery can be admired.

From that place the traveller can make put the ruins of an old windmill as well as Los Picorzos, crags on the edge of Altomira Hills.

Not far from the village you can visit “Los agujeros de la mora encantada” a calcareous excavation where nature and legend come together.

Facing South, below the medieval fortress there are some traces of the Roman Causeway leading to Segóbriga and Alcalá de Henares.

Towards the West we can see “La defensa”, site where the battle of Uclés took place in 1108 when the Almohades defeated the troops led by the Christian king Alfonso VI and the lost of Sancho, his heir.

 

 
 
 

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