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Parador de Siguenza
Siguenza, Castilla–La Mancha, Spain|paradores.es|
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This 5th-century Moorish castle was conquered and converted to a bishop’s palace in the 12th century; it opened as a 4-star hotel in 1964 – 700 years later.
The interior features a wealth of authenticity: suits of armour, giant banners and chandeliers, rooms with four-poster beds, and an impressively long, stone-vaulted dining room.
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