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Itinerary> Medieval Teruel

medieval teruel

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The town of Teruel still keeps its medieval urban design almost untouched.

We would start our journey in the square of the Cathedral. The outlook of the ancient parish church of Santa Maria de Mediavilla is comprised in the Mudéjar architectural style of Teruel.  Here in the tower of the church, Romantic, Gothic and Christian elements as well as brick construction and Islamic decoration come together with an elegant simplicity. In the interior of the Cathedral, another real piece of jewelry is the curved wooden ceiling. It represents figures of important people and trades in Medieval Teruel.

Going down the street we have an immediate and close encounter with the ancient city walls.

The main gate was given the name – the Gate of the Treachery, due to a popular story about the entry of the Castilian troops during the war fought between Castilia and Aragon in the XIV century.

Important remains of the ancient city wall are preserved in the surroundings of the gate. Some of them have been recently restored.

On the right steep lateral, next to the Queen´s Bridge, we could see the Tower of the Union.

If we return to the Arches and continue down the road we could contemplate the most significant parts of the ancient city wall.  Due to its low elevation, this part was the most difficult to defend. The Tower of the Lombardera seems to be the highest of all if we watch it from down there. 

The Tower of Rincón as well as the Gate of the Tozal    represents the place, where the Gate of Zaragoza was many centuries ago.

Next to the road appears the Arrabal, which was surrounded by an ancient city wall, and where one could still recognize some houses with Moorish traces. 

Continuing our itinerary, we could contemplate the Tower of Ambeles, which is the most beautiful and outstanding fortification preserved as part of the ancient city wall.  It was built at the end of the XV century. 

A little farther down the road, we could see the Tower of San Esteban.

Passing through Domingo Gascon Square, we enter in the town. Through the main Tozal Street, we get to the Mercado Square.

Continuing through El Salvador Street we get to the Gate of Gualdalaviar.

The main part of the commercial activity was developed in this part of the town and on the Torico Square. One of the most important and representative monuments of the town center is the Tower of el Salvador, which is open to visitor all the year round.

Going through the Torico Square, then on the left and up the Hartzembusch Street we get to the highest part of the town. Going up the stairs we find the Church of San Pedro, which is one of the most beautiful in the town. Its apse exterior decoration and mudéjar tower date back to the early ages.  They are quite remarkable and worth a visit.

The Mausoleum of the Two Lovers is situated next to the church. Both sights are open to visitors.

Above these buildings are situated The Jewish quarter and the place where the ancient fortress of Alcazar was. 

Back to the Town Hall, where we started our route, and following the Yagüe de Salas Street we get to the Seminary Square, where  the Tower of San Martín, another jewelry of the Mudéjar style is situated.

Down the street we get to the Daroca Gate /also called Andaquilla Gate /. Next to it is the Moorish quarter.

Outside the City Walls, in the distance, we could make out the Gothic Franciscan Church.

On the left of the Yagüe de Salas Street we can visit the Nuns’ Square and a cloister convent.

The house where the King stayed in during his visits of the town is well preserved. It is situated on the Nuns’ Square. On its façade, the king’s shield could still be contemplated.

 

   
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