Strolling through the most beautiful corners of Spain is a pleasure for the senses. Today I want to stop at one that I especially like: Sos del Rey Católico. It is located in the Cinco Villas region, in the province of Zaragoza, and is part of the association of the most beautiful towns in Spain. In addition, he has recently participated in the Luce Tu Pueblo contest that each year makes an incredible Christmas decoration possible in the winning town.
Although Sos has not been a finalist, there is no doubt that we are facing a beautiful and good people. A town worth visiting and with a history, tradition and culture to be seen.
The walled enclosure of Sos del Rey Católico
Sos del Rey Católico was a strategic point between the kingdoms of Navarra and Aragon. It preserves its walled enclosure with its seven access portals. The Plaza de la Villa is its nerve center, and from there the tour of its streets takes us back to past times. Their stone houses they tell us the story of what happened in this municipality. A story whose strong point is the birth of King Ferdinand the Catholic on March 10, 1452 in the Sada Palace. Currently, this building houses the Fernando II de Aragón Interpretation Center and the Tourist Office.
The guided tour, recommended
Sos del Rey Católico was declared Historic Artistic Complex in 1968. It is worth enjoying the guided tours that are organized in the municipality, since through the explanations of the guide we can know the history of the town much better. I had been Sos on several occasions and it was on the last visit when I made this tour guided. Totally recommendable.
What can you see in Sos
There are many corners that I invite you to discover. The Town Hall, the Castle, the hermitage of Santa Lucia, the church of San Esteban, the Jewish quarter or the Lonja are several of the spaces that you cannot miss when you enter this beautiful town. Simply walking through its streets is already a pleasant experience, because you know that you are in a magical space where tradition weighs and in which its houses and buildings are very well preserved.
The upper quarter or the Jewish quarter
One of the most special places where you can walk is the medieval Jewry or the upper neighborhood, as it is currently known. In its origins it was formed by 30 houses that were distributed around a main street that reached the center and from which narrow alleys, some with no exit (in fact, one of the streets in this neighborhood is called "Salsipuedes"). The Plaza de la Sartén is located in the center of the Jewish quarter and one of its houses will see the remains of history between Jews and Christians.
The Heifer Route
If you walk through Sos you will discover several sculptures in the shape of chairs, with phrases and with names of actors. In the summer of 1985 this town was the scene of the filming of the movie La Vaquilla, by Luis García Berlanga. To honor the 25th anniversary of this shoot, these 12 chairs were made, as well as a sculpture by the director himself. You will find it at the entrance of the tunnel that leads to the crypt of the church.
Another one of my favorite places in Sos is the Slice. Built as a space for the town council meeting during the Middle Ages and to locate the market, in its main building is now the municipal library. The outdoor arcaded space is truly wonderful.
SOS del REY CATÓLICO 4K El Pueblo más Bonito | 5# Zaragoza | España (August 2022)
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