Façade of the 12th century Templar Castle in Ponferrada, Spain.

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Castillo Templario

Castilla y León

Built by the Knights Templar in the 13th century, the walls of the fortress-monastery Castillo Templario rise high over Río Sil, and the square, crenellated towers ooze romance and history. The castle has a lonely and impregnable air – a striking landmark in Ponferrada’s otherwise bleak urban landscape. It houses the Templars' Library, some 1400 books.

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