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Battle of las Navas de Tolosa

Monumento de la Batalla de Las Navas de Tolosa en La Carolina

The route of the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa, defined in the itinerary followed by the Christian armies who took part in the battle, it places across the places of Aldea del Rey, Calzada de Calatrava, Santa Cruz de Mudela, Viso del Marqués, Almuradiel, Santa Elena, Navas de Tolosa and La Carolina. All of them have different elements related to the fight. The route is marked out by some castles, battlefields and museums. Going across the route is to walk round the footprints of people who changed the course of history.

For a moment, the Christian forgot their dissensions lineage, their territorial fights and they had a common aim and, finally, they were victorious against Muslims

The 16th July, 1212 the Christian coalition made up by over 70,000 soldiers, and headed off Castile, it defeated 120,000 muslimS froM Almohad Empire in the North of Jaen province, near to Despeñaperros. That crushing victory marked the beginning of the Muslim deterioration and originated the final period of Reconquest.

Monumento de la Batalla de Las Navas de Tolosa en La Carolina

The war sets us closer to the glory and tragedy; over the battlefield, thousands bodies spread and tinged with blood the land of Las Navas de Tolosa.

It is evening of 16th July, 1212 King Alfonso VIII next to Toledo's Archbishop, Mr. Rodrigo Jimenez de Rada, go over the horror battlefield very dauntless, the battle had barely lasted a few hours and it already was desolation and death.

Monumento de la Batalla de Las Navas de Tolosa en La Carolina

In effect, the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa was the bloodbath to the Almohad Empire in the Iberian Península. With that historical victory of the strategic Christian alliance it was started the deterioritation of Muslim control in Spain. The Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa undoubtedly was the most important battle of the Reconquest.