Theme Week Castile-La Mancha – Ciudad Real

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El Quijote Museum © Javier martin

El Quijote Museum © Javier martin

Ciudad Real (English: Royal Town), with a population of c. 75,000, is the capital of the province of Ciudad Real. It has a stop on the AVE high-speed rail line and has begun to grow as a long-distance commuter suburb of Madrid, located 115 miles (185 km) to the north. A high capacity airport (Ciudad Real Central Airport) had been built to serve the city, but closed in 2012. The privately funded airport cost an estimated €1Bn to build. It is now for sale for €100M plus payment of the developers debt.

One of the most popular festivals in the city is La Pandorga, which takes place July 30 and 31. On the last day of the month the festival honours its patroness, La Virgen del Prado. The usual attire of the participants consists of jeans, a white shirt, and the traditional handkerchief.

Holy Week Parade © Costerode/cc-by-sa-3.0 Deputation of the Province of Ciudad Real © Raimundo Pastor/cc-by-sa-3.0 Town Hall © Javier martin Parque El Pilar © Javier martin Floor plan of the Cathedral of Ciudad Real © Idp681/cc-by-3.0 El Quijote Museum © Javier martin
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Deputation of the Province of Ciudad Real © Raimundo Pastor/cc-by-sa-3.0
Among the sights are:

  • The Plaza Mayor sits in the centre of Ciudad Real. Today, only two parts of the wall that surrounded the city in medieval times remain standing.
  • Don Quixote‘s Museum is situated next to Parque de Gasset.
  • The Museo Elisa Cendreros exhibits an old collection of fans and carved wood.
  • The Iglesia de Santiago is the oldest church in Ciudad Real. It was built at the end of the 13th century. Its style is Gothic. It has three blocks divided into two parts. Its decorated with gothic paintings and with seven-headed dragons, which were used such us amulets against the bad spirits. The ceiling is decorated with stones forming eight pointed stars.
  • Another important church in Ciudad Real is Iglesia de San Pedro (Church of Saint Peter). It is the most interesting and typical monument of the city. It was built during the 14th and 15th centuries. Its style is Gothic, and it houses the tomb of Chante de Coca, confessor and chaplain of the Catholic Monarchs. In the year 1420 the King of Castile and Leon Juan the II, gave him the title to Ciudad Real (Royal Town).
  • Ciudad Real Cathedral, built in the 16th century, has the second-largest nave in Spain and a magnificent Baroque altarpiece.

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