Battle of Almansa Historical Reenactment
Conmemoración Batalla Almansa
18-23.04.2017 - 310th anniversary!
Almansa, Albacete (Castilla-La Mancha aut. community)
Almansa is a town located on the southern Meseta, a high arid tableland rich in cultivated fields of crops, cereals and saffron, olive groves and vineyards, between the high central plateau (La Mancha) and the Mediterranean Sea, about 282km from Madrid, 395km from Barcelona and 91 km from Valencia, in southeastern Spain. Almansa, originated from the Moorish town of Al-Manxa, has long been a frontier town between the Moors and the Christians territories, and is today famous for producing high quality shoes, guitars and wines. First traces of settlement in the surroundings of the town date to the 2nd Millennium BC, while during the Roman domination a village called Ad-Aras was located near the Via Augusta, the 1500km long ancient road crossing all the Hispania Province from Cadiz to the Pyrenees. The picturesque old town lies around the imposing medieval castle built in the 14th century on a step limestone crag. The rich artistic heritage includes the Assumption Church, the Palace of Los Condes de Cirat, the Church of the Agustinas Convent, the Convent of San Francisco, the Clock Tower, and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Belen about 12km from the town.
Every two year (in odd years) Almansa hosts a great historical event to commemorate the major event of its local history: the "Battle of Almansa", one of the most decisive engagements during the War of Spanish Succession (1701–1714), the international conflict which opposed two would-be kings, both foreigners, claiming the Spanish Crown: Philippe de France (1683-1746, grandson of King Louis XIV), and the Archduke Charles of Austria (1685-1740, father of the famous empress Maria Theresa). Since a possible union of France and Spain under one monarch would have drastically upset the balance in Europe, other European powers decided to prevent it forming the so-called Grand-Alliance which included the Spanish loyal to Archduke Charles, the Hapsburg Empire, England, the Dutch United Provinces, Portugal and the Duchy of Savoy. At Almansa on 25th April, 1707, the Franco-Spanish army led by the Duke of Berwick, (James FitzJames, 1670-1734, a military leader and illegitimate son of King James II of England and his mistress Arabella Churchill), smashed the allied forces of Portugal, England, and the Dutch United Provinces under the command of the Earl of Galway (Henri de Massue, 1648-1720, a French Huguenot soldier and diplomat in the English service), consequently opening for Phillippe the way to the final triumph. The festival programme includes historical markets and dinners, exhibitions, conferences and lectures, military parades, Living History displays and demonstrations, Baroque music, dance and theatre shows, commemorative ceremonies and religious services, and many other cultural and leisure initiatives for adults and children. Headline of the event is the great battle reenactment featuring several hundreds of Reenactors from all over Europe.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
La Asociación Cultural 1707 Almansa Histórica
Parque Cultural Almansa 1707
Address: c./0 La Estrella, 2, 02640 Almansa (Albacete)
Tel.: +34 967313180
Almansa Town Council / Ayuntamiento de Almansa
Address: Pl. Santa María 2, 02640 Almansa (Albacete )
Tel.: +34 967311550
Fax: +34 967311332
Almansa on Google Maps:
Video reportages from the event: