Immaculate Conception Parish

View of Cerro del Castillo

Information from Cabezamesada:

Telephone: 925 209 211

It was founded during the reconquest after the defeat of Alfonso VI in the battle of Uclés. The Christian armies that fled along the plain of the Riansares founded a castle on its banks, which was to become the fief of the Albornoz family. The Catholic Monarchs, in the last third of the 15th century, during the great mastership of Don Alonso de Cárdenas, granted the town the title of Villa, erecting the rollo as a testimony of its new jurisdiction.

The municipality has a few charming corners and some surprising buildings for the visitor; along the hermitage promenade there are three places of great interest. On the one hand, the hermitage of Nuestra Señora del Castillo, a small and very well cared for rectangular temple; on the other hand, the remains of the old castle of which only a square tower remains and finally, the curious chimneys of the cave houses, dwellings excavated in the earth that are still in a perfect state of habitability and are hidden in the hill.

We also find peculiar buildings such as the old warehouse located in the Cantarranas alley. It is a cylindrical building, of considerable height and built in four sections, once used as a water and grain depot. In the centre of the village, the parish church is worth a visit. The 16th century church is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception and has a large chapel with paintings by Pedro de Burgos. Last but not least, we must not forget the roll of justice, very well preserved, despite the wear and tear of time, it is carved in stone and has been standing since the 16th century. Under the protection of its shade, it is not unusual to find the village elders playing petanque.

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What to see?

Rollo de justicia

Dating from the 16th century, it consists of a complete Ionic column set on four square ashlar steps, with four forged arms in the form of snake-headed hooks.

Ermita Ntra. Sra. del Castillo

Rectangular building built in masonry. A portico supported by four columns gives access to the temple. In front of it are the remains of the castle of Cabezamesada and several white chimneys of the cave houses.

Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception

Single-nave church with a Greek cross plan, with very short arms. The transept is covered with a barrel vault. The choir and the tower are located at the foot.