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Almazan, Spain - attractions, pictures

 

Almazan - a town with a population about six thousand people. At the same time, there are more sights here than in another large city. There is also a tourist office and a  tourists.
The history of the city is about the same as that of Soria, to which about 30 km. - the city was on the border of Christian and Arab lands, and later between Castile and Aragon, which determined its importance and, as a consequence, growth.

 

 Альмасан

 Almazan

 

 Альмасан

 Almazan

Due to the fact that Almazan lost its former importance, being in the depths of the Castilian territory, the city fortifications were not particularly perfected and, moreover, not decorated, so the remains of the walls look medieval in austere way. Preserved, however, mainly the gate (three of seven). The rest was destroyed during the War of Independence.
Horseshoe-shaped arches, almost identical in all surviving gates, indicate their Arab origin.

The market gate was closest to the castle of Almazan and, therefore, the most important.

 

 Альмасан - Market gate

Market gate
Puerta Del Mercado (XII-XIV century)

 

On the other side of the city there are gates, also called Urban. It is now built up from all sides and some embellishment of them has touched - they have built a tower with a clock.

 

 Альмасан - City gates

City gates
Puerta de la Villa (XII-XIV century)

 

 Альмасан - Forging gate

Forging gate
Puerta de los Herreros (XII-XIV century)

The main temple of Almazan is the church of St. Michael. Its basis is the Romanesque church, apparently consisting of one nave with an apse. A little later, narrow lateral naves were added, then the bell tower. The gallery with arches was built already in the XVII century. In my opinion, it is absolutely superfluous here.

 

 Альмасан - Church of St. Michael

 Church of St. Michael
Iglesia de San Miguel (XII-XVII century)

 

Opposite the church is the palace of the family Hurtado de Mendoza (he is also the count Altamira). Person, apparently, very significant, since in 1496 in his house several months stayed "Their Catholic Majesties" Ferdinand and Isabella . In one of the rooms of the palace is now a tourist office.

 

 Альмасан - The palace of the family Hurtado de Mendoza

 The palace of the family Hurtado de Mendoza
Palacio de los Hurtado de Mendoza (XV-XVI century)
 

Church of St. Vincent is the oldest in Almazan, but its present appearance is mainly the result of restoration, since already during the Civil War the building was a dilapidated shed.

 Альмасан - Church of St. Vincent

 Church of St. Vincent
Iglesia de San Vicente (XII century)

In the monastery of St. Clara until 2013 some nuns lived.

 

 Альмасан - Monastery of St. Clara

Monastery of St. Clara
Convento de Santa Clara (XVI century)

Church of St. Peter is not very prominent among the remaining religious buildings of Almansan, although it is a much later building.

 

 Альмасан - Church of St. Peter
Church of St. Peter
Iglesia de San Pedro (XVIII century)

 

 Альмасан - Church of St. Peter

 Church of St. Peter
Iglesia de San Pedro (XVIII century)
 

 Альмасан - Church of St. Peter

Church of St. Peter
Iglesia de San Pedro (XVIII century)

The monastery of Our Lady of Mercy used to be outside the city, and now it's the other way around, the busiest area. Restoration of the XX century was designed to stop the destruction of the building, from which there is not much left. In this monastery the last years of his life were spent by the famous Spanish playwright Tirso de Molina, it is assumed that his grave is also in the monastery cemetery. Molina is known as the "father" of the image of Don Juan, although in fact he was a monk, though not by the rank and file - at one time he was even a general of the Order of the Mersendarians.

 

 Альмасан - The monastery of Our Lady of Mercy

 The monastery of Our Lady of Mercy
Convento de Nuestra Señora de la Merced (XVII-XVIII century)

 Альмасан - Chapel of Jesus

 Chapel of Jesus
Ermita de Jesús (XVIII century)

 

Still in the list of attractions there is a medieval bridge, but, as far as it is medieval, it is difficult to say.

 

 Альмасан - средневековый мост

Medieval bridge
Puente Medieval

 

Almazan is interesting not only for sightseeing, but also an opportunity to look at the life of a small provincial town.
For example, the bus station in Almazan is combined with a bar and bus tickets are sold by the barmen. :)
In general, this is a convenient option for spending the night on the road from Soria to Madrid. In Soria, the apartment is expensive, and to Almazan to go all half an hour.

 

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Tourist sights map of Almazan
Tourist sights map of Almazan

 

 

 

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