On our last day in Ponferrada we toured the Castle of the Knights Templar (Castillo de los Templarios) and I took a lot of pictures of the different views along the walkway around the castle walls. One of them is my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.
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The Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Encina (Our Lady of the Live Oak) dominates this view from the castle’s eastern wall. The street on the right (Calle Gil y Carrasco) is the route of the Camino Santiago winding up the hill to the Plaza Virgen de la Encina and the Basilica. The castle tower near the center of the photo is Torre de Malvecino, portions of which date back to the time of the Knights Templar. Most of what we saw that day of the rest of the castle, though, are from later restorations over the centuries. The walkway and the various roofs you see in this photo are from the latest restoration which began in 1999 and was completed in 2003.
Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Drop by her website on Thursdays (Wednesdays in North America and Europe) to see what Leanne and other photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days.
I’ll be showing more photos of the castle in my next posting.