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Ágreda

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Located in a strategic place between the Ebro Depression and the Castilian plateau and bordering Mount Moncayo, Ágreda became an excellent place of transit for many cultures and civilisations throughout history that made their way through the Iberian Mountain Range.

 

Houses and buildings were erected on either side of the river due to the exceptional layout of the land, giving Ágreda protection from its enemies, with the rocky headland of La Muela and the Moorish Neighbourhood (Barrio Moro) guaranteeing an impregnable fortress. As its population and land expanded, neighbourhoods began to form and walls were built not only on the outside, but within the city defining the boroughs. This resulted in four walled enclosures that varied throughout the Middle Ages and the Modern Era, and that have left up to the present day cultural remnants from Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

 

The Church of Nuestra Señora de la Peña has a Romanesque style with proto-Gothic elements that were added later on. It has a remarkable Baroque altarpiece of the Virgen de la Peña, another one of Saint John the Evangelist (San Juan Evangelista) with a Gothic style, and the Holy Trinity as the Throne of Grace painted on a single tableau from the 15th century. One hundred years later, the apses were replaced with Gothic major chapels, and since 2002 the church holds the region’s museum dedicated to sacred art (Museo de Arte Sacro).

 

The Church of San Miguel has a Gothic style and although the building as it is today was constructed in the 16th century, it was erected over a previous building dating back to the 12th century that still maintains its original crenellated Romanesque bell tower. The current Hispano-Flemish façade is faced with a pointed bell-shaped entrance and on its tympanum lay Saint Michael’s niche. It was originally located on the left side but was transferred in 1735.

 

The façade of the Church of Saint John the Baptist (San Juan Bautista) is the only part that remains Romanesque, opening between two rampants and formed by a semi-circular arch, three archivolts and an eave. The first archivolt is flat whereas the rest have inlet edges and are decorated with roughly carved plant motifs.

 

The Church of Nuestra Señora de los Milagros is a temple of massive proportions, almost enough to be a cathedral, that was built in the 16th century with a Gothic-Renaissance style. It stands out for its gable, not because of the decoration which is quite frugal and lacks details, but because of its enormous dimensions.

 

The Municipal Palace (Palacio Municipal) has a Renaissance style dating back to the beginning of the 16th century. It has an upper gallery that is open to the main façade and shows a distinct Aragonese influence. Currently, the palace is used as Agreda’s Town Hall.

 

The Palace of the Castejones (Palacio de los Castejones) was built in the 17th century with a classicist style and is the best example of the town’s civil architecture. It has a peculiar structure with a Herrerian style door and twin towers. To access the gallery, one must climb a distinct staircase located under a Florentine style dome, and what stands out on the inside is its two-floored courtyard.

 

The Renaissance Gardens of Don Diego de Castejón is a set of unique gardens recreated just as they were originally formed in the 16th century. It is separated into two perfectly delimited spaces; the Renaissance style garden of Don Diego de Castejón, and the Garden of Memories (Jardín de la Memoria). Stimulate your senses with the smell of various aromatic plants, the colours of the flowers, the sound of water trickling from the fountains. Walk through the sinuous pathways and discover its surprising and playful nooks and crannies that include an astronomical clock and a theatre filled with mirrors.

 

The tower Torreón del Tirador is an example of the defence towers erected to protect Ágreda during the Middle Ages, period during which the town was divided by walls into four independent enclosures, though still connected by doors and defended by these equally by these fortifications.

 

The Ermita del Barrio y Puerta Emiral is an 11th-century chapel that was rebuilt in 1573. The Puerta Emiral is the entrance to the Moorish Neighbourhood (Barrio Moro) and is marked by the Arch of Philip the II (Arco de Felipe II). The chapel Ermita de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados is semi-detached to the wall and was built over a cobbler’s home who was converted to Christianity by the Virgin herself. Next to the chapel, there is a horseshoe arch which was once the access to the citadel and was called Puerta del Agua, meaning the “Water Gate”.

 

The tower Torre de la Muela, or Torre de la Mota, is attached to the Muslim wall and was possibly built around the 13th century. On the east side, there is an elevated door with a Jack arch. To build it, they made use of the Muslim structures and combined them with arranged stonework.

 

The tower Torre de la Costoya is a sturdy tower that can be found in the second Christian walled enclosure. Villagers from Magaña and San Pedro came to colonise Ágreda during Emperor Alfonso the VII’s reign. They settled north of the Queiles River and built two churches, the Church of San Juan and the Church of San Pedro, being the former located on the upper part of the Torre de la Costoya.

 

The Val Canyon (Cañón del Val) is the most occidental Mediterranean ecosystem there is. Formed by the Val River that made its way towards the Duero Plateau and brought the mild climate along. Go on a short PR route (PR SO 20) that is the ideal way to discover waterfalls and beautiful landscapes that are hidden in this canyon.

 

The most notorious person of Ágreda, also called “the Town of the Three Cultures” (Villa de las Tres Culturas), is Sor María Jesús de Ágreda, a Franciscan nun who wrote articles, advised King Philip the IV and evangelised New Mexico and Tejas.

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View of Ágreda
View of Ágreda
Church of San Miguel in Ágreda
Church of San Miguel in Ágreda
Church of San Juan in Ágreda
Church of San Juan in Ágreda
Basilica de Los Milagros in Ágreda
Basilica de Los Milagros in Ágreda
Puerta Emiral del Agua in Ágreda
Puerta Emiral del Agua in Ágreda
Torreón del Tirador and door
Torreón del Tirador and door
Val Canyon
Val Canyon
Mount Moncayo
Mount Moncayo

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