Uclés and its attractions

Uclés is a and town in the northwest of the province of Cuenca, in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain.

Tourism and main attractions


The castle was built in the late 9th century by al-Fath ben Musa ben Zennun and was an important and impregnable Muslim fortress.

In 1085, as a consequence of the conquest of Toledo by Alfonso VI, it passed into Christian hands for the first time and changed hands several times until in the year 1157 Alfonso VII changed it to Alicun with King Wolf of Murcia, later Alfonso VIII donated to the Order of San Juan.

Old fortress

From the old fortress of the Order of Santiago there are three towers whose names are wrong in most castle books, but which are clearly defined in the Order’s Guest Books kept in the National Historical Archive.

The three towers that we currently see in a north-south direction are the following: the Pontido tower, linked by a small bridge to the Palomar tower, it connected with a wall that led to the Albarrana tower.

We do not know their exact location of the old towers of the Old Homage, the Homage, the Silver and White, although we do know that they were demolished to continue the work on the current church.

Monastery of Uclés

Its construction begins in 1529, during the reign of Carlos I, and ends in 1735, under the reign of Felipe V. It is built on part of the old Arab fortress, there is still a canvas of the old fortress in it.

For its construction, stone from the Greek Head (Segóbriga) was used, especially on the eastern façade.

During the Spanish Civil War it was a republican hospital and later turned into a prison, where the graves containing more than 300 people were recently exhumed.

Roman necropolis

Not far from Fuente Redonda is the place called “Haza del Arca”, where there was a necropolis, in which in the excavations carried out in the 19th century, cinerary urns from the Iron Age and late Roman times appeared.

How to get to?

From Cuenca 48 min (76.4 km) via A-40

From Toledo 1 hr 19 min (114 km) via N-400 and A-40

From Madrid 1 hr 16 min (103 km) via A-3

Main information

Area: 64 sq. km (municipality)

Coordinates: 39°58′55″N 2°51′44″W

Population: 212

Languages: Spanish

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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