Benavente: Torre del Caracol
These are the only remains of the Castillo de la Mota in Benavente. The tower was built in 1501.
The coats of arms on the outside of the tower and on the scallops of the vaults represent the weapons of the Pimente family, which also appear in the Hospital of Benavente and in the courtyard of the palace of the Counts of Valladolid.
All that remains of the once immense and luxurious castle-palace, erected by Juan Alonso de Pimentel, the Count of Benavente, when the king Enrique III gave him the village and the old castle, is a beautiful and original tower built in the early 16th century by the fifth Count, which has bee restored and incorporated to other modern structures in what is today the Parador Nacional de Turismo, owned by the General Secretariat for Tourism.