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Old December 27th, 2011, 09:28 PM   #21
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Teruel was an extensive article, but this bonus is short and doesn't match up to Albarracín, the city deserves something better.



Albarracín is just 40 km away from Teruel, in a mountain zone (sierra de Albarracín), upstream (it's the same river Turia, but in this zone is officially called Guadalaviar, the moorish name). It has just 1.000 inhabitants, but it was a very important city in the early middle ages, it was a small kingdom with the moors (reino de taifa de Albarracín). If Teruel is a town with great medieval monuments, Albarracín is just a medieval town in the 21st century. The city from the river.



The moorish castle, 11st century.



The cathedral is the most monumental building, 16th century.



The tower, with ceramic roof.



Hanging houses.





Going up to the town.



There are very narrow streets. It was obligatory to build inside of the walls, so they needed to take the most of the are to build.

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Main square.







Main square and town hall, 16th century.



Some streets are so narrow they look a blind alley.

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Bishop's palace and cathedral.



Monterde house, one of the many noble houses.

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In all Teruel region are very typical the doorknockers, artesanal pieces of middle ages.

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General view of the village, with the walls surrounding the mountain.



Cathedral.



16th century door in the cloister.

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Pic by Alejandro Blanco, de Flickr.



At the museum, the main jewel is this receptacle made of rock crystal in the 16th century, with a fish shape. It was surely made in Italia.

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Old December 28th, 2011, 07:44 AM   #22
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Interesting cities.
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Old December 29th, 2011, 04:18 PM   #23
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Thanks Trolleando!

Cathedral
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Another noble house.

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The river surrounds the city.



One of the most known streets.



The roofs are so close they almost touch themselves.







The famous "casa de la Julianeta". In Albarracín almost any wall is straight...



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Medieval door.

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Near to the walls the view is good.



The walls.





Inside of Santiago church.

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The blue house was made in 17th century, property of the Navarro de Arzuriaga family.



Panoramic view.



Mermaids in the towers corners.



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Another noble fortified house.

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And now finishes my trip to Albarracín and Teruel! Thanks to all!




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Old December 30th, 2011, 02:08 AM   #24
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Thanks for the tour. Teruel is easily one of the most underrrated cities in Spain. I was there in september two years ago and the town was very busy during midday and evening, anything but a dead town center.

Another thing that struck me was that the town and its adjacent more modern neighbourhoods, was completely devoid of the horrendously huge apartment blocks that are so common in many spanish cities. It really had a homogeneous skyline and non of those tall out of place concrete scars you find in other spanish cities (francoblocks I believe they are called).
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Old December 31st, 2011, 04:23 PM   #25
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I was there in september two years ago and the town was very busy during midday and evening, anything but a dead town center.
Happy to hear that, when I was it was a desert (and I don't say that's bad, it was very quiet)
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Old January 8th, 2012, 12:03 AM   #26
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nice city.
stunning old architecture with a tinge of moorish.
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Old January 8th, 2012, 01:34 AM   #27
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Thanks for the tour. Teruel is easily one of the most underrrated cities in Spain. I was there in september two years ago and the town was very busy during midday and evening, anything but a dead town center.

Another thing that struck me was that the town and its adjacent more modern neighbourhoods, was completely devoid of the horrendously huge apartment blocks that are so common in many spanish cities. It really had a homogeneous skyline and non of those tall out of place concrete scars you find in other spanish cities (francoblocks I believe they are called).
They can be more or less non-esthetic, but I prefer this, at least, ecological friendly model to the anti-socializing and horrendous model of anglo-american sprawl. I am currently living in a sprawl district and it is really depressing. I usually have a walk to downtown and it is almost empty from 5. pm. Furthermore, if you want to do "real shopping" you are almost compulsory obliged to use a car, which is something I am not used to it and I can not afford.

I think it is a matter of taste, and of course, of lifestyle.

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MUY BUENAS FOTOS
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Old December 19th, 2013, 11:42 PM   #29
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Old December 19th, 2013, 11:52 PM   #30
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Old December 21st, 2013, 12:14 PM   #31
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Awesome, very nice updates
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the Arab influence is very much pervasive.....magnificent indeed!
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