Castillo de Uclés

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Castillo de Uclés

This humble IX century ruin has quite a tormented past. During the re-conquest, it was used by Jewish refugees facing expulsion in the 1490s.
In 1025, Muhammed III, briefly Calif of Cordoba, was poisoned here by his enemies as he fled an uprising, having himself done away with his predecessor and cousin Abderramán V.
In 1174 the knights of the Order of Santiago used it to house Arab prisoners.
In 1528 the castle was destroyed to help build the monastery that today dominates the town and has itself been an important film location.