Castillo las Cuevas, Cebolleros
The intended joke, and anything else I can think up, vanishes without trace - pales into invisibilty - compared with this, which I just came across by accident. If you haven't seen it before, I recommend you have a look. This is the solitary work of one Serafin Villaran, a welder from
who decided in 1977 to build a castle for himself, at Cebolleros, near . He died in 1998,
before it was complete, but his family worked to finish it, and it has
become a major tourist attraction locally. Burgos
What a monument. What an outrageous, heroic, bloody wonderful monstrosity. Apart from the size, the labour, the humbling devotion, the in-your-face refusal to conform to any known style of historical architecture, the whole thing has a delightfully unhinged quality which I just love.
Some thoughts, in no particular order:
(2) I want one.
(3) How did he get planning permission to build it?
(4) What are archeologists two thousand years from now going to make of it?