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Almarza

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Around Almarza, there is a semi-circular formation of mountains belonging to the Iberian System (Sistema Ibérico): the foothills of the mountain ranges Sierra de Carcaña and Sierra Cebollera to the west, and Sierra del Alba to the east in the Valley of Razón (Valley del Razón), collide with the plateaus of the land belonging to Yangüas passing through Tabanera, Pineda and Montes Claros. These mountains are rounded out, and you can see patterned lands mixing with autochthonous forests. It is high up in the mountains, around 1,700 and 1,900 m, and it is precisely these mountains that protect the 10 villages that conform the municipality of Almarza. Out of all its touristic attractions, the most outstanding are the following:

 

In Almarza:

The Parochial Church of Santa Lucía, a 13th-century Gothic church that was improved and expanded during the 16th and 18th century. There we can see a beautiful 18th-century altarpiece. There is also a relic with its authentic wax seal from 1786 that is said to be a piece of the Holy Virgin’s veil and the cloak of Saint Joseph.
The chapel Ermita de la Inmaculada Concepción, also called Ermita de la Soledad, stands out for its octagonal floor plan.
The chapel Ermita de los Santos Nuevos, in community with San Andrés de Soria, is a 16th-century temple emblazoned with the coat of arms of the Marquis of Zafra.
The Stately Home of the Montenegro Family (Casa Palacio de la Familia Montenegro) is currently used as the Nature Knowledge Hall of the Madrilenian school, Colegio Virgen de Europa.

 

In Cubo de la Sierra:

The Fortified Mansion of San Gregorio (Casa Fuerte de San Gregorio), with a Gothic style, was once property of the Medrano family, Counts of Torrubia, and was built in 1461. It is semi-detached to a Gothic-Baroque church.
The Church of Santo Tomás Apóstol has a Romanesque apse and was built in the 18th century.
The San Gregorio Dolmen, declared Heritage of Cultural Interest, is a megalithic burial that spreads 25 metres in diameter and 1.5 metres tall, dating back to the second quarter of the fourth millennium B.C., that is, from the Neolithic period.

 

In Espejo de Tera:

The Parochial Church of San Bonifacio is a rural Romanesque church from the 11th century.
There is also a Roman bridge that gives access to the village.

 

In Gallinero:

The Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario is a Gothic temple with the tombs and weapons of the Vinuesa family.
The Gothic house of the Vinuesa family (Casa Gótica de los Vinuesa) is one of the few Gothic houses that are left in the province of Soria.
The archaeological site of Icnitas (Yacimiento de las Icnitas), near “Molino del Tío Manuel” in the pastureland, contains many examples of dinosaur footprints that left the sauropods, ornithopods and theropods that once roamed these lands. This site is one of the oldest in the province (around 140 and 150 million years old).
A few kilometres away from this picturesque village is a detour that takes you to an alpine environment with snowy mountain tops and plains with springs. Here you can visit the Garagüeta Holly Forest (Acebal de Garagüeta), one of the most important ones in all Europe.

 

In Matute de la Sierra:

There is a Romanesque church called Iglesia de Santa Coloma with a 12th-century baptismal font, and a chapel called Ermita de la Soledad.

 

In Portelárbol:

A Romanesque church called Iglesia de Santo Tomás Apóstol and a chapel called Ermita de San Millán.

 

In San Andrés de Soria:

There is a Gothic style church called Iglesia de San Andrés with Romanesque remains on the door, the apse and the baptismal font, and with the Vinuesa family chapel.
There is also a chapel called Ermita de los Santos Nuevos that is in community with Almarza.
The Ethnographic Museum (Museo Etnográfico) is located in the old Council House. On the main floor there is what is known as the “Sala del Consejo”, or the Council Room, where we can find an urn where the Chest (el Arca) is kept on years ending in an even number. This chest is the museum’s main tourist attraction due not only to its great documental importance, but also its sentimental significance since it contains many documents on the pasturelands of San Andrés and Almarza.

 

In Segoviela:

The 18th-century church Iglesia de la Santa Cruz with a Romanesque apse.
The chapel Ermita de la Virgen de los Milagros.

 

In Sepúlveda de la Sierra:

A church with a Romanesque style main façade called Iglesia de Santo Tomás Apóstol.
The Celtiberian Fort of Zarranzano (Castro Celtíbero del Zarranzano) where we can see two houses: one circular and the other quadrangular, superimposed. We can also see the fort's walls and a manmade slope towards the Tera River. It has been mentioned in the Catalog of Protected Heritage of the Council of Castilla y León in the Archaeological Sites Area, having been given its protected status on the November 24th, 1980.

 

In Tera:

A Gothic-style church with Romanesque features called Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen.
A chapel called Ermita de Santa Constanza.
The Marquis de Vadillo’s Manor House (Casa Solariega de los Marqueses de Vadillo) is a Gothic palace from the 15th century and was the Marquis’ official residence. The deceased family members are buried in the cemetery of Tera.

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Ermita de La Soledad Almarza
Ermita de La Soledad Almarza
Ermita de Santos Nuevos Almarza
Ermita de Santos Nuevos Almarza
Church in Almarza
Church in Almarza
Fortified Mansion of San Gregorio
Fortified Mansion of San Gregorio
Dinosaur footprints in Gallinero
Dinosaur footprints in Gallinero
Popular tradition of transferring the Chest (Traslado del Arca)
Popular tradition of transferring the Chest (Traslado del Arca)
Etnographic Museum in San Andrés
Etnographic Museum in San Andrés

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