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Teruel and a Maestrazgo Circuit

An April 2005 trip to Valencia by davidx

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Quote: Valencia was offered at a low price from Manchester by Jet2. As well as Valencia, I wanted to see the Mudejar architecture of Teruel, the Maestrazgo Mountains, and the town of Morella. There was one disappointment, but in general, that's what I did.

Teruel and a Maestrazgo Circuit

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Overview

Cathedral Photo, Valencia, Spain
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Teruel is the capital of the province of the same name in Aragón, Spain. It’s inland, high up near the southeastern end of the Maestrazgo Mountains, until recently one of the least known regions of Spain. Teruel is connected by train with Valencia and Zaragoza [three a day] and has numerous bus connections. It’s a bit surprising that a small capital of a little-known province should be the site for the most magnificent display of towers in the Mudejar style in the whole of Spain, but that’s the case. Mudejar is a distinctly Spanish style of architecture, inspired by Moorish architects working on Christian buildings after the re-conquest. Hence, the marvellous churches of Teruel, which will...Read More

Mudejar Towers

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Attraction | "The Mudejar Towers"

Mudejar Towers Photo, Valencia, Spain
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In spite of plenty of modernism and Renaissance architecture, the modestly sized provincial capital of Teruel glories principally in its Mudejar remains, the best in Spain [not even excluding Toledo!]. A website for the style generally in Teruel is to be found in the overview, and it's possible to access each of the four towers mentioned here if you scroll down that site. First comes the Cathedral, though the tower is best seen from a bit farther away, as the mixture of styles in the building may not be considered wholly sympathetic. The feature of the Cathedral that could not excite a surfeit of admiration is the wonderful ceiling. It deserves all it gets. The oldest of the towers is th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

Mudejar Towers
Near the Plaza de Torico
Valencia, Spain

Amantes de Teruel

Attraction | "Los Amantes de Teruel"

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If you look at http://www.bodasdeisabel.com/i_e/Lovers.htm, I guess anything from me will appear prosaic, but here’s the story in a nutshell that leads to those alabaster tombs in the mausoleum attached to the church of San Pedro: Diego and Isabel, the Lovers; Isabel rich, Diego poor; Isabel’s dad gives Diego 5 years to get rich; he does but returns hours late; lo, the bells ring; somebody is getting wed; who but Isabel?; Diego has interview; requests last kiss; Isabel, bride of the noted A.N. Other, declines; Diego dies; next day prior to funeral, Isabel kisses the corpse; Isabel dies. End of story.

Am I the only one to feel a bit sorry for A.N. Other? A 5-year-wait for so little!

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

Amantes de Teruel
San Pedro [tombs]
Valencia, Spain

Provincial Museum

Attraction

Provincial Museum Photo, Valencia, Spain
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It's more art [ceramics and photos of ancient cave art] than anything else, so it's defined here as an art museum, but the lowest floor does include some early trades. It's a striking Renaissance building, previously La Casa de la Comunidad and home to the first office of the council. Why it doesn't get a bit more enthusiasm from the guidebooks beats me. There are careful presentations of early industry and portrayals of cave art in the basement, and whole floors above are given respectively to the Roman age and the Iberian age [6-4th ceturies BCE - the best I have seen for this], as well as great ceramics presentations [rivalling the national museum in Valencia] on other floors. Wonderf...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

Provincial Museum
near the Cathedral
Valencia, Spain

Acueducto De Los Arcos Photo, Valencia, Spain
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The aqueduct was started in accord with a Frenchman's design in about the middle of the 16th century. It was designed to resemble the Roman style, the top level being an aqueduct and the lower level a pedestrian walkway. It crosses from the medieval city to the more modern part. See http://www.spain.info/TourSpain/Arte%20y%20Cultura/Monumentos/B/TH/0/Acueducto%20de%20los%20Arcos.htm?Language=en

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

Acueducto De Los Arcos

Teruel, Spain

Cantavieja

Attraction | "Charming Cantavieja"

Cantavieja Photo, Valencia, Spain
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Cantavieja is a vital link in the circuit described in the second part of the Overview, but it grows on you very quickly in its own right. It's a small village on a hilltop, with houses in places built immediately above sheer rocky precipices, although to photograph this adequately, you would need to get well below the village, and it would be quiet a walk.

There are really only two major sights in the village itself, the main church and the arcaded group of buildings that contains the ayuntamiento [town hall] and TIC.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

Cantavieja
Cantavieja
Valencia, Spain