Alcázar de San Juan

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Alcázar de San Juan
Municipality
Old windmills.
Old windmills.
Flag of Alcázar de San Juan
Flag
Coat of arms of Alcázar de San Juan
Coat of arms
Alcázar de San Juan is located in Spain
Alcázar de San Juan
Alcázar de San Juan
Location in Spain.
Coordinates: 39°24′20″N 3°12′20″W / 39.40556°N 3.20556°W / 39.40556; -3.20556
Country  Spain
Autonomous community Castile-La Mancha
Province Ciudad Real
Comarca Campo de San Juan
Judicial district Alcázar de San Juan
Commonwealth Promancha
Government
 • Mayor Diego Ortega (PP)
Area
 • Total 666.78 km2 (257.45 sq mi)
Elevation 644 m (2,113 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 30,675
 • Density 46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Demonym Alcazareños
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 13600
Website Official website
Saint Trinity's Church.
San Francisco Church.
Saint Trinity's Church.

Alcázar de San Juan (often called simply Alcázar or Alcázar de Consuegra) is a town and municipality in the province of Ciudad Real, part of the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha, Spain. It is located in the plain of La Mancha.

Its name is taken from an old moorish fortress (al-qaSsr in Arabic language), which was afterwards garrisoned by the knights of St John (San Juan in Spanish language).

Much of the action of Cervantes' Don Quixote takes place around Alcázar. The village of El Toboso was the home of the Lady Dulcinea del Toboso; Argamasilla de Alba is declared by tradition to be the birthplace of the original of Don Quixote himself.

Alcázar de San Juan was a main railway hub.

Main sights[edit]

  • Old windmills
  • Tower of the Grand Prior (14th century)
  • Church of St. Mary Major (13th-15th centuries)
  • Church of St. Francis of Assisi (14th-15th centuries)
  • Convent of St. Claire (16th century)

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