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Medinaceli

  • Roman Arch. Medinaceli © Turespaña

    Roman Arch. Medinaceli © Turespaña

  
Medinaceli
Soria, Castile-Leon
Soria

Its historic quarter has the Property of Cultural Interest designation. There are traces of the Romans, Arabs and Christians in the village and its surroundings.

Among its many attractions, the visitor can admire the Roman arch from the 2nd and 3rd centuries, the only one with three arcades that is preserved in Spain; the collegiate church, from the late Gothic era built in the 16th century on the Roman Church of Santa María la Mayor, and in whose interior the Romanesque crypt, the carved Christ of Medinaceli from the 16th century and the 18th century organ stand out; and the Convent of Santa Isabel, funded in 1528 by Clarist nuns.

Highlights among the civil buildings include the magnificent palace of the Dukes of Medinaceli, from the 17th century and reformed in the 18th century, whose interior houses Roman mosaics; and to the north, the remains of an old Arab castle. Although the location is not known, it is said that Almanzor, the powerful and feared leader of Islamic Spain, was buried here after his downfall in Calatañazor.

 

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