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Cantavieja

Cantavieja

Cantavieja is the meeting point in the region Maestrazgo, a border land on a 1,300 metres high lime rock which has deeply influenced its happenings and history
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Cantavieja means monuments, history and nature. Its physical medieval-like traits, invites you to walk along the alleys and disclosure the secrets and treasures of a rich and turbulent past where Templars, San Juan’s and Carlists, among others, left their prints and memories in the shape of buildings, stories, gastronomy, ways and paths.

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You will notice the reflection of life while walking around the streets, from Hannibal’s times until the most recent of the characters in his story ‘Tiger of Maestrazgo’ Ramón Cabrera. At the Carlist Wars Museum you can learn the story of this man and the battles which took place in this area.

When entering the vaulted square, the solemn church ‘Asunción’ is the first thing to devise which, as its architect Antonio Nadal quoted when it was finished: ‘No other compares even in Rome’…can you picture it? Visiting the tower in the inside one of the oldest schools kept in Aragón can be watched, dating from 1918, and some other treasures like the dishes set used by the pilgrims of ‘San Juan del Barranco’ or the weight clock which made the bells sound. After crossing the Tower Arch, dating back from 1612, you reach ‘Casa el Bayle’ House, showing off artistic forge balconies, residence to Ramón Cabrera, whose facade by Osset family is still preserved and can be still seen at the ‘Casa Cuartel’ House.

Witness from the Iberian settlements, the Tower crowning the village worked a a surveillance fortress for the old castle and a shrine ‘Sacred Tomb’ as well. It still keeps the ancient walls where Templars’, Carlists’ and current society’s prints can be spotted.

Gonzalo de Funes ‘Castellán de Amposta’, chose Cantavieja as his resting place for eternity, and for that reason had a magnificent Levantinian Gothic church built. Inside it there is one of the most valuable treasures in Cantavieja: the alabaster Tomb.

Cantavieja is monuments, history and nature. Simply taking a walk for any of the surrounding paths will lead to surprising places like Cantavieja’s Balcony, the fountain ‘La Faldrija’ or River Cantavieja banks. Walking under the gaze of griffon vultures, frequently watched from the heights by the mountain goat, and even being able to follow the track of some badger is just a simple of what we can bump into on foot or by bike.

We find ourselves in Morella’s ring, on Cid’s Road, so our visa can be sealed at the Tourism Office. If you are travelling with your caravan, here you will find a place to spend a night, properly prepared.

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