Lara de los Infantes
The castle, which was already a ruin by the 16th century, was built by his father, so it shouldn’t really have been a ruin during the telling of the story, but this is only one curiosity of many in a movie based upon the theoretically true story of one of the main protagonists of the Christian re-conquest of Spain.
The castle is believed to have been built around 902 upon an old Iron Age settlement, and at the height of its power had seven towers, four floors and an outer wall.
Such was its past glory that it is one of the 5 castles that embellishes the coat of arms of the city of Burgos today.
Various villages around the castle have Lara in their name, which comes from Latin, and the Roman occupation, and means ‘The Altar.’
The local people have formed an association, ‘Tierra de Lara’ to maintain their traditions and reverse the depopulation of the area.
Every year the inhabitants climb up to the castle with their standards and pennants to remember their long history and to affirm their permanence.