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Places in Spain - Calatayud

 

The Romans founded this town and abandoned it in the 2nd century. By the 8th century it was re-populated by the arrival of the Muslims. The Moors were routed here in 1120 by the conquering Catholic forces. Some of the Moorish influence can still be seen in the town.

   

 
Within the town, you must see the brick church, Santa Maria la Mayor. Nearby on Calle Datao is a leaning tower called Iglesia de San Pedro de los Francos, a fine example of Mudejar styles. Take a walk along Calle Union to see an elegant Mudejar belfry called La Parraguia de San Andres. To get panoramic views of the area, walk through the path of the Moorish quarter to the castle ruins.
 
 
 
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Embedded in the hillside are tiny homes of peasant proportions. It is an easy walk to the top where you can explore the narrow alleyways and gain unbelievable views.

Just east of Calatayud there are excavations continuing on the Roman city of Bilbilis. Here was the birthplace of Roman satirist Martial. It can be seen from the Merida-Zaragoza highway.

Calatayud is located 85km west of Zaragoza, in the region of Aragon.

   
Pictured right are a few of the abandoned cave houses, built into the rock.
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