I thank the novelist Anneli Purchase for her help
in the preparation of this blog post
The Bavarian King Ludwig II is famous only for erecting a notable memorial of his own – the Neuschwanstein Сastle. So, the Count of Torralva Rafael Desmaisieres y Farina also conferred a great favour on all mankind – he reconstructed the ruins or it may be said he re-built the amazing Almodovar Castle – Castillo de Almodovar del Rio, which is more than 1200 years old – near Cordoba, Andalusia.
Various fortifications had been raised here since the times of the Romans, and it’s easy to understand why when you come up to the castle – it is a very practical place in terms of defense, right on the Cerro de la Floresta Mountain. Castillo de Almodóvar was built by the Arabians in 760. During Christian times the castle was owned by the kings and two Knight Orders: first the Order of Calatrava and then the Order of Santiago. Finally, almost completely destroyed it was inherited by the Count of Torralva Rafael Desmaisieres.
Since childhood, Rafael was fascinated by the medieval castles, knights, crusades and the whole history of the Middle Ages, and suddenly in the beginning of the 20th century he inherited a real medieval castle, though in a very sad state. Having seen his real estate, the Count was inspired by the idea of returning the castle to its initial state and opening it as a museum; however, unlike the Bavarian King Ludwig, he used his own money, not the state’s.
In general this is quite a common business idea. Travelling around Spain, you’ll see a great number of castles and fortresses, 99% of which are ruined because they belong to… guess who?… Correct – to the state. The Count of Torralva reconstructed his castle with such love that it looks almost completely new, but at the same time you have no doubt that it is several hundred years old and it was not raised from the remote centuries for you – it’s you who came down to it into the depths of time. Read more…