A lovely 12th century medieval castle build on Roman settlements of the 11th century. It was primarily used as the residents of the Bishops and Cardinals until the end of the last century.
This Parador courtyard was added to the original building. During the time of the Bishops and Cardinals living here they needed areas where they could say their daily prayers and contemplate outside of the confines of their small rooms.
These are very old original defense wall, probably from the 11th-12th century. I would be interested to find out if any visitors had a proclivity to “rock-climb”.
Dinning areas are always beautiful and comfortable. The original walls and ceilings did not have glass windows of course- but the Bishops and Cardinals had a good deal of money for their refurbishing.
This staircase, the old and new sections, the walls, archways and the floors are original. But as time moved forward the glass doors and the windows were added.
I imagine that these, “guards at the door” started very early on for the reception of food and other necessities and when the wars came along, they were there for the fighting and protection.
This parador was the Bishop’s sea for 8 centuries. They brought in a lot of money for the town and the church. This cathedral was in walking distance from the parador down to the town’s plaza Mayor Central.
We have not been here yet but after learning all this history, it will not be over looked!