Kingdom Of Heaven???…No–Just Loarre!!…

As I wrote the previous week, last Sunday, I took a trip with some Erasmus students based in Zaragoza that, unfortunately, ended with an arduous journey up a cliffside…However, the first stop of our little excursion was SIGNIFICANTLY more enjoyable–especially because it didn’t involve me risking my life!!…

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This, my friends, is the Castillo de Loarre, a castle that rests in the village of, well, Loarre!!…Built mostly between the 11th and 12th centuries, this place served both as a monastery and a military fortress, and, given its strategic location on the frontier between Catholic and Moorish territory, it was the seat from which the rulers of the Kingdom of Navarre could maintain control of the surrounding territory during the Reconquista (Reconquest)…

In case you didn’t know, this castle is one of, if not the most well-preserved Romanesque-style castles in all of Europe, and for that reason, Ridley Scott’s 2005 epic, Kingdom of Heaven, was partially filmed here…O.K., so I haven’t seen the movie, yet–but that doesn’t make it any less cool, now does it???…

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Have you been to Loarre???…What are some other well-preserved castles I should see???…

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