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Almenar de Soria

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This small village located in the region known as “Campo de Gómara” has one of the best-preserved castles in the entire province.

 

The first instances we have of Almenar are in the historical legend of Cantar de los Siete Infantes de Lara. Other documents have also been found that state that in the 13th century, Jaime I of Aragon granted one of his Catalan horsemen control over the territory. But it wasn’t until 1430 when John II of Castile designated the castle and locality to Hernán Bravo de Lagunas, knight and ambassador for the Portuguese Crown.

 

The castle was built in the 15th century over the remains of an older castle that can still be seen today. It originally belonged to the Bravo de Laguna and Saravias y Ríos families, and till this day you can still see their coat of arms on the castle’s walls. It has a double-wall enclosure: in the interior one you can find the Keep and the weapon courtyard, and in the exterior one, you can see the defensive walls surrounding a moat with a drawbridge. This building saw the likes of many historical figures such as Kind Charles II, "the Bewitched", in 1677, and the royal couple, Philip V and his wife Maria Luisa of Savoy, in 1702. Antonio Machado’s wife, Leonor Izquierdo was born in this castle on June 12th, 1894, when it was used as the Guardia Civil barracks. Two of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer’s stories are set in this castle.

 

In the Gothic parochial church of Saint Peter the Apostol, there is a magnificent baptismal font with a frustum decorated by rounded arches with thin columns and triangular cymatia crowned by a line carved secant circles.

 

A lovely tree-lined pathway takes you to the chapel called Ermita de la Virgen de La Llana that dates back to the 18th century and was built over an earlier building. Its façade is finished off with a bell gable that still contains two bells. Inside there is a 12th-century portrait of Virgen de La Llana on a polychromatic tableau that is more than one metre tall.

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Castle of Almenar
Castle of Almenar
Close-up of the Castle of Almenar
Close-up of the Castle of Almenar
Ermita de la Virgen de la Llana
Ermita de la Virgen de la Llana
Ermita de la Virgen de la Llana
Ermita de la Virgen de la Llana
Church of Almenar
Church of Almenar

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