A medieval tower discovered in Doñana is now known to have been a dungeon used for prisoners in the palace located at that spot during the middle ages. The discovery of two bodies there also gives credibility to a legend that says courtesans kept their lovers in the dungeon until they died. Historical documents have already confirmed that prisoners en route from Sanlúcar to Almonte were housed there. The Superior Council for Scientific Investigation (CSIC) has said that the palace was built in or around 1416 on the orders of the Duke of Medina Sidonia for his wife, Ana Gómez de Mendoza y Silva, one of the most influential women in the court of Felipe II.


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