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Old January 6th, 2013, 12:54 AM   #21
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Muito obrigado Daniel!
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Old January 6th, 2013, 12:54 AM   #22
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great wall paintings of the medieval period.
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Old January 6th, 2013, 11:34 AM   #23
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Whenever I have to drive to the East of Spain I always try to go through Soria to experience those landscapes; also the roads are most of times in very good condition and with almost non existent traffic. Although now almost empty, this area was once one of the most populated in Spain, i.e. more than Madrid and Barcelone... its history and the great forested areas make it really unique.

Great photos and explanations!

Hope you don't mind I post a few pics I took in one of those trips, if so, tell me and will erase them.

"Cañón del Rio Lobos" in the border between Soria and Burgos

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Old January 6th, 2013, 12:42 PM   #24
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No problem! I've been in Medinaceli but i almost haven't pics, and I've never been in the río Lobos canyon. Thanks!
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Old January 6th, 2013, 02:54 PM   #25
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Amazing! Does this place get a lot of visitors in the summer? What is their economy like? What do people do for a living there?
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Old January 6th, 2013, 10:35 PM   #26
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The economy is based on agriculture, the wood, farming... It's a region that has lost more than 60.000 inhabitants in the last 50 years, a region bigger than the province of Madrid or the province of Barcelona, where only 300 babies are born each year, and 27% of the people is older than 65 years.

But in the last 10 years, there is a specific plan to develop the region, some companies have opened factories, the institutions finance people who wants to live in Soria, they give credits to people who want to open a store...

Tourism here is very rare, just some weekend breaks of people coming from Madrid (200 km away) or basques (200 km away too), etc. In summer some child camps, but nothing important.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 12:02 AM   #27
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The most important old city in Soria is undoubtly Numancia, famous as a resistence example, similar to Masada to Israel. But I didn't went there, I went to Tiermes, 30 km away to San Esteban de Gormaz, and close to Montejo de Tiermes, a village with 58 people.



Tiermes was a city founded by the arévacos, a prerroman civilization that lived in Soria, Segovia, and part of Ávila, Madrid, Burgos or Guadalajara. Ruins of the walls.



The first you see is a romanesque hermitage, dated in 1182.



Red stone, coming from the ruins.



A musician.



The porch.



A man haunting a wild boar.





A christian and a moorish knight fighting.





Sleeping soldiers. Pic from sorianitelaimaginas.com





The plan of the archeological site.



The forums zone, roman forums after the conquer of the city by the roman empire. 1st century d.C.





The most important quality of Tiermes is the houses excavated or sculpted in the stone. Some cellars sculpted in the stone, including the stairs.



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Old January 7th, 2013, 12:08 AM   #28
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The forums region.





Rough land. And cold, we're at more than 1.200 metres high.













That stone block are the ruins of the roman baths.



Excavated houses.



And the excavated aqueduct, it's preserved a 50 metres long section.





The final section, underground. Pic by Rowanwindwhistler, from Wikipedia.



And the final tunnel and the well. Pic by Malica, from Wikipedia.

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A gate sculpted in the rock.



Let's get out of the forum, it's not really interesting.



Hidden in the landscape, there is the most iconic place in Tiermes.



This is the "gate of the Sun", also sculpted in rock. Still there, are the holes where the wood gate was. This is the prerroman part of the city.





At the other side of the Sun gate, the sculpted terraces of Tiermes, similar to a theatre.



The stone was shaped to make some public terraces opened to a big square.



It's thought it was made by the arevacos too. The people of Tiermes sat here to take decisions, for religious acts, celebrations, livestock markets...









Another gate behind the terraces.



And now some places I didn't see. This is known as "casa de Pedro", with a long stairway sculpted in rock, dividing a house in two parts. Pic from tiermes.net



Inside of the "house of the niches", another sculpted house in the rock, with these curious niches. Pic from tiermes.net



These are known as the "Taracena houses". Pic from vuelaunalechuzablog.



1 km away from the old city, there is a modern museum with Tiermes objects. Pic from mcu.es



The most important artpiece ever found in Tiermes, is known as the "Apolo de Tiermes", found in 1913, a 1st century bronze sculpture.



Floor tiles.





Tiberio's head, nowadays in the National Archeollogy Museum of Madrid.

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what's so impressive about the place is its antiquity...a great museum indeed.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 10:11 AM   #31
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Thanks MyGeorge!
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Old January 8th, 2013, 03:03 PM   #32
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38 km away from Berlanga de Duero, there is the probably most beautiful and pintoresque village in Soria, Calatañazor. It's name, with arab origin, comes from "Qal`at an-Nusur", that means "Castle of the eagles". In 1900 had more than 500 inhabitants, nowadays it's just 40.



I arrived at night, and there was just a place to have dinner. Because Calatañazor has only 2 streets.





And when i woke up and opened the curtains... Although it was a foggy day, I had a beautiful sight.







At left, that is the rural hostel where I slept, named "Casa del Cura" ("Priest house", traditional architecture outside, very comfortable and brad new inside.



The main street.





The most beautiful house in the village... is the only ruined house





This is the typical pic of Calatañazor.







Orson Welles moved on foot by this street, in 1965 he shot the movie Falstaff, also known as Chimes at midnight. And he shot it here, in Calatañazor. He was surprised to find a real medieval village, so he didn't need to change anything but the electric cables.



The church, "Nuestra Señora del Castillo" ("Our Lady of the Castle"). From the original romanesque building it's preserved the facade.



Romanesque door, marked by an "alfiz", moorish influence.



Triple blind arch, the central one with moorish influence too.





A lion in the higher part.



I couldn't enter because it was clased, inside is a gothic 16th century church. Pic from todocoleccion.net

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More tradicional housing, made of sun-dried bricks and juniper wood. Pay attention to the chimney.



Little square dedicated to Almanzor.



There is a said "en Calatañazor perdió Almanzor su tambor" ("in Calatañazor Almazor lost his drum"). He was the real governor of Córdoba caliphate from 978 to 1002, when he died. He attacked christian territories and had his base in Soria, in Medinaceli, Gormaz...



And teorically, Almanzor lost a battle here in Calatañazor and died.





This kitchen-museum is in fact a little and humble traditional house, shown by a 83 years old man. He shows traditional tools, and overall, a Calatañazor chimney from the inside.



Square in front of the castle, with the "rollo".



Fountain.





A phosile plant.



The traditional chimneys.



Ruins of the 14th century castle.





The main tower.





Medieval tombs.



In Calatañazor, the main room is a kitchen where the people made their life. It's a square room where they light the fire on the floor, and the walls become narrower as a funnel, ending in a cone, the chimney, that was the smoke exit and the sunlight entered too, because there were no windows in the room.

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From the castle you can see everything. Or nothing, it depends of the fog!









Little street around the castle.





Another chimney.









Ruins of St Juan hermitage, final 12th century.







There were a lot griffon vultures, I saw at least 8. And they ere impressive, they have 2'5 metres of wingspan. In Spain there are about 50.000 griffon vultures.







The vultures were an important part of the zone since the ancient times. The arévacos, the prerroman people who founded Tiermes or Numancia, didn't bury or burn the dead bodies. They let the bodies exposed to the sky so the vultures ate them, and they thought the vultures carried the dead man to heaven.







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Whein I said Calatañazor has 2 streets... I wasn't jokinh, eh? This is the other street.







Another typical thing of Calatañazor, the houses with 2 doors. One is the complete door, and there is another lower, just half door. As they didn't have windows in the hall, they could have light and the animals didn't get in house.



A pigeon loft.



Medieval gate looking to the river.











A haunter.



Outer the walls, the Soledad ("Loneliness") hermitage, and the walls.



Romanesque, 12th century.





A musician with a harp.









Far pics of Calatañazor.







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The Fuentona is a natural monument 5 km away from Calatañazor. It's the place where the river Abión is born, and is part of a big juniper sabina forest. It's located in Muriel de la Fuente, 75 inhabitants.





A vultures group.





This one is a sabina, it's an evergreen tree, from 4 to 19 metres tall, and adapts to everything: poor land, low humidity, very cold or very hot temperatures...



It's important because a sabina forest is very strange, you can find some sabinas in almost every place, but not a real forest.













In the river the usual tree is the poplar.















After a 15 minutes walk, the Fuentona. Pic by villanatura.es



And that's how a river is born, a water pond emerges from underground conductions.



In the last years there have been some underwater expeditions. Pic by Murielll, from wikipedia.



Pic by buceo-tecnico.com

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This region looks fantastic! So thanks for posting, as I'd never heard of it!
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Old January 20th, 2013, 05:40 PM   #38
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Time to get back.












One of the centenary sabinas.









There is another way, just 800 metres to arrive to a waterfall.







Unfortunately the waterfall only appears when the ice is molten or when it rains a lot... but the way was really nice.





The cascade. Pic by fuentearmegil.com



Frozen cascade. Pic by Murielll, from Wikipedia.



Bye bye to the Fuentona, a little romanesque hermitage close to the parking.

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