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San Leonardo de Yagüe

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This town is located at the crossroads between the road that connects Burgos and Soria, and the road that connects El Burgo de Osma with the area of Pinares. The oldest architectonical remains that can still be seen today are from the porticoed Romanesque church from the 11th-12th century in the neighbouring village, Arganza.

 

At the entrance of San Leonardo de Yagüe there is an arch that has still resisted the passing of time, and is the only proof left of the defensive wall that was once there. In the 12th century, in support of Alfonso VIII’s political choices, the Pardo family built a hospital. As a reward, the King made them the beneficiaries of all the income from Arganza.

 

This land was under the Abbot of San Pedro de Arlanza’s jurisdiction until the year 1562, when Philip II sold the land to Juan Manrique de Lara, who later would found an estate and build a strong defence castle, the first of its kind in Spain. The artillery embankment can still be seen today and it is a good example of the Renaissance military engineering that incorporated new defence mechanisms before firearms extended. Nowadays we can still see remains of a façade with a lintelled archway over ringed columns, a 16th-century Italian feature that was very much in style, the Mannerism style. The presence of a castle in this area is no mystery since Juan Manrique de Lara, among many other merits, was the General Captain of the Artillery Division Virrey of Naples.

 

Popular architecture was enriched by the construction of very good homes, some with a Basque style, such as two from the 18th and 19th century that are still standing on Calle de La Fuente, and stand out for their wooden wrap-around balconies on top of buttresses.

 

Out of the seven chapels that were in the town, many of them destroyed today, they built the parochial church dedicated to San Leonard Abad. It was entirely rebuilt in the 17th century following the Herreran style sobriety, although, there is still a hint of late Gothic style that remains from the 16th century and can be seen on the bell-shaped entrance with a rounded arch on various archivolts that extend along the doorjambs and rest on polygonal bases. Inside there is a magnificent wooden torso of Christ as the Ecce Homo, said to be the work of one of the best Castilian sculptor of religious images: Gregorio Fernández. On the 2nd and 3rd of February, one of the most interesting religious festivities takes place in this church, the paloteo dances, which basically is a dance where the participants hit wooden planks with sticks, imitating shields and swords.

 

San Leonardo de Yagüe’s natural environment is unique. It is trapped between the Natural Park Cañón del Río Lobos and the National Reserve, with a significant biogeographic diversity that includes a massive number of animal and plant species. As well as visiting the canyon, which is a must-see, around the town there are many recreational resting areas and fountains such as Cuevas de la Hiedra, San Cristóbal, the fountains of Tío Briones or La Gitana, where there are also municipal pools.

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Castle of San Leonardo de Yagüe
Castle of San Leonardo de Yagüe
Castle of San Leonardo de Yagüe
Castle of San Leonardo de Yagüe
Paloteo Dances
Paloteo Dances
San Leonardo Church of San Leonardo Abad
San Leonardo Church of San Leonardo Abad

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