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Traditions and customs route


Castillo de los Condes

We start in Castillo de los Condes, which must have been built in the late fifteenth century, though the construction that we admire is a reconstruction of the late sixteenth century on the foundations of the former. He suffered the consequences of the War of Succession, but is virtually destroyed in 1808 during the three-day siege of Chinchon by French troops. The last mission of this building was housing a liquor factory. The castle is built on a slope, which gives us one of the most beautiful sights of our city and its culture. This majestic castle, which lacks two bodies, guarded and protected from afar Chinchón neighbors.


Casa de la Cadena

Then we descend the Convent's street and reach one of the most historic houses of Chinchon. The house is a baroque building from the late seventeenth century, with the orderly facade of three bodies and access door lintel and above it a shield containing a hand holding a cross with the inscription: "IHS-MARIA / ABRACANDOME CON / ESTA ME LIBRO DIOS / DE LA ENBIDIA. This house is known as La Casa de la Cadena, because the chain that was placed in front of it as king Felipe V spent the night there in 1706.


Plaza Mayor

We arrive at our picturesque Plaza Mayor. You will be amazed to know that this place was once a garden where they watered the cattle and over the years has grown to become the symbol of this city. In this beautiful place are mixed traditions of the common people as well as those related to bullfighting. Balconies, columns, clear, bullpen, terraces, shops. We'll visit the old laundry, of great beauty, which houses the Municipal Tourist Information Office. Then we could taste some appetizers and good typical wine until lunchtime. You should stay to eat as Chinchón has a deserved reputation both in its wide range of cuisine and the great quality. Not to mention their pastries and aniseed sweets.


To the Torre del Reloj

We'll keep making our way through the steep streets of the two columns, called "columnas de los franceses", which through a typical street of Chinchon, made of stone and badger, guide us to the great wall of the tower to the Plazuela de Palacio (small square of the palace), called that way cause there was the old Palace of the Counts in that zone and whose location is the Teatro Lope de Vega.

After the climb, the best to catch your breath is contemplate the magnificent view from the Clock Tower. One of the most beautiful pictures of Chinchon. Here you can decipher the popular saying "Chinchón has a tower without a church, and a church without a tower."


Lope de Vega Theatre

Once recovered we walk towards the Lope de Vega Teather. It is commonly known as "Pequeña Bombonera". Built in 1891 by the Society of Harvesters and keeps inside a jewel.

Leaving the theater stands a bust of the Countess of Chinchon IV, Virreina of Peru, which was introduced by the cinchona or quinine in Europe. In honor of this lady, the cinchona tree is known as "cinchona


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