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Cidones

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In the central-northern part of the province and very close to the capital is this small locality, tucked between the Berrún Hill, the reservoir Cuerda del Pozo, the mountain range Sierra de Cabrejas and the Valonsadero Hill. Due to the amount of privileged natural areas protected by the Douro’s tributaries and riverbanks (Riberas del Duero), the Berrún oak groves (Robledales del Berrún) and the juniper forest of Sierra de Cabrejas, Red Natura 2000 has shown interest for Herreros and has incorporated all these natural spaces into its network.

 

Aside from the town of Cidones, other villages such as Herreros, Villaverde del Monte and Ocenilla are included in this municipality where many archaeological sites with remains from the Iron Age have been found. In Ocenilla there are still remains of what was once a very important settlement protected by defensive walls and towers near its gate. This settlement is called Castro de los Castillejos and it dates back to the 3rd and 4th century B.C. Archaeologists have found Celtiberian ceramic pieces made in a potter’s wheel, and remains of square stone houses that were attached to the defensive walls. Studies suggest the settlement was occupied until the Visigoth period. Cidones belonged to a medieval administrative sector of the Community of Burgs and Land of Soria called Sexmo de Frentes. According to the 1270 Census, this village used to pay tithes to the Santo Tomé parish, the current church of Santo Domingo in the capital.

 

In this locality, there is also a large deserted estate that dates back to end of the Middle Ages called Malluembre which Queen Mary of Portugal, wife of John II (father of Isabelle the Catholic), gave to Pero Alvares of the Morales Honderos lineage in the 15th century. There are two other religious buildings that were built in the 18th century and later modified: the church of San Miguel Arcángel and the chapel of Cristo de la Buena Muerte.

 

Although the locality has not maintained its historic structure, it does still maintain some examples of traditional stonework buildings with large slopes (some have two and others have four of them) and some of these buildings have typical pinariega conical chimneys.

 

Most of the houses there are of the people who migrated to America (called Indianos), made a fortune and came back to build stately homes with a certain colonial style. Antonio Machado, the renowned writer, stayed in one of them on his way to Laguna Negra, and on this trip was when he wrote the legend of La Tierra de Alvargonzález.

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Reservoir Cuerda del Pozo
Reservoir Cuerda del Pozo
Pinariega chimney
Pinariega chimney
Cattle crush
Cattle crush
Cidones
Cidones

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