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Las Cuevas de Soria

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In the region of Almazán you can find this small village that is part of the municipality of Quintana Redonda. The locals in this area have been working as cereal farmers and have made a mosaic of black, green and yellowish fields that spread out around the village. Many seasonal streams and ravines, and the Izana River water this land. The Izana River, an effluent of the Douro River, flows down a small canyon from Villabuena and reaches the north of Cuevas de Soria. It is this precise river that has formed over the centuries a Karst landscape that characterises the land. In the area there are also many holm oak trees and the tallest hill in the area is the peak of Mata Rasa that stands 1131 metres high. In between the mountain ranges of Inodejo and San Marcos there is an opening where fields of grain extend throughout the valley that leads to the resin pine groves of Pinaster.

 

Cuevas de Soria was once populated by the Castro people during the Iron Ages. Besides handmade ceramic remains and Roman sigillata ceramics, a defensive system consisting of a strong defensive wall has been found in the area. The Castro fort is located in an area called San Cristóbal, due to the presence of an old chapel devoted to this saint and now devoted to the Martyr Saints.

 

There are many Roman remains in this town, whose name comes from the Latin word cova which means “hole” and indicates the presence of caves in the area, a typical feature of limestone areas. Some of the most significant historical remains are related to the Roman presence, precisely in the Late Imperial Roman period and the Tardoroman period. The Roman Villa of La Dehesa, located less than a kilometre to the south-east, confirms the presence of an important agricultural and livestock plantation in this place around the 3rd and 4th centuries.

 

The parochial church of Saint Peter the Apostol, north of the village, was originally built in a Romanesque style when Cuevas de Soria formed part of the Community of Burgs and Land of Soria, and they would pay tithes to the church of Santa María de Ahogalobos in Soria.

 

Decades ago, the locals of Las Cuevas gathered traditional tools and props, typical of the activities and way of life of the people of Las Cuevas de Soria. This helped make possible the creation of an interesting ethnographic museum, one of the first ones in the province of Soria.

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