Almagro, located in Castile-La Mancha, Spain, is famous for its palaces, churches and convents and for hosting the International Festival of Classical Theatre.
Probably of Roman origin, this town owes its historical and cultural significance to the legacy left by the Order of the Knights of Calatrava (Orden de los Caballeros de Calatrava): since the founding of the Order in the 13th century Almagro was the capital of the area. The importance of Almagro and the Campo de Calatrava was reflected in its wide geographic domain, which included most of the present province of Ciudad Real, northern Jaen province and a variety of territories across Spain that included, among others, the Alcaniz manor in the region of Aragon.
After incorporating all military orders to the Crown of Castile, in times of Ferdinand and Isabella, Almagro started its period of prosperity with the arrival of several families of German and Flemish bankers and traders, such as the extremely powerful Fugger or Fúcares (in Spanish) family, the Wessels, the Xedlers, etc. who came to magnify their rich heritage with their stately homes, palaces and warehouses.
In 1536, Almagro is living the dream of the University which turns the town into an important cultural center, into a reference of the Andalusian and Castilian nobility whose traces can still be seen in their noble neighborhoods, beautiful palaces and the Plaza Mayor, one of the jewels of the monumental architecture of La Mancha. But talking about Almagro is to talk about theater thanks to the importance of its open-air theatre (Corral de Comedias) and to the International Festival of Classical Theatre celebrated every year.
The main square 'Plaza Mayor', the open air theatre 'Corral de Comedias', the National Theatre Museum, the noble neighbourhood 'Barrio noble', the Convent of Santa Catalina, the San Bartolomé church, the Lace Museum, the San Agustín church, the local theatre, the center of contemporary art 'Hospital of San Juan de Dios', the warehouse of the Fugger family 'Almacén of the Fúcares', the Madre de Dios church, the Convent of la Encarnación, the Ethnographic Museum, the Convent of la Asunción of the Calatrava nuns, the San Juan chapel.
Don't miss out on the Almagro eggplants and the open-air theatre (Corral de Comedias) and learn how lace is made by hand.