Rehabilitation of the Campo de Criptana granary

Campo de Criptana, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha.
Special mention / Diploma in the category Conservation in the year 1997.

Dating of the building: 16th century.

Applicant: Campo de Criptana Town Hall.

Reason for the award :

In recognition of the best restoration carried out in a building of historical-artistic interest of its nature.

The granary, a fundamental institution during the Old Regime, was fully restored by the local Workshop School and converted into a Municipal Museum.

Campo de Criptana, known for its windmills, is one of the La Mancha landscapes most closely linked to Don Quixote. Less well known than the mills but of equal historical importance is its 16th-century granary. The granary had great relevance during the Old Regime since apart from functioning as a silo, it was the organism in charge of lending grain for planting and supplying bread at low prices in times of shortage and famine. The windmill in Campo de Criptana is a plain stone building, with two floors, large rooms, a basement, and a gabled roof. Its appearance was altered during the many years of occupation by the Agricultural and Housing Union.

In 1992, the Town Hall purchased it for its subsequent restoration and rehabilitation as a Municipal Museum. To do this, a Workshop School was founded which fully restored the building, without the intervention of any outside contract.

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