A lovely story
During the Iberian route through the province of Teruel and its capital, we visited the complex of the Mausoleum and Church and Tower of San Pedro, where there is the museum dedicated to Los Amantes de Teruel.
The story of the young lovers of Teruel (Juan Diego Martínez de Marcilla and Isabel Segura), apparently comes from and old tradition of the XIII century, where a poor boy and a rich girl fall in love, the relationship being badly looked upon by the rich family. They gave the suitor a period of five years to become rich, he went to war and when he returned the girl had already got married to somebody else. Juan Diego got to ask for a kiss from Isabel, but she refused and he died of sadness. The following day she went to look at the deceased and wanted to give him the kiss which she had refused him in life, and she suddenly died next to him.
The museum uses visual elements to tell the history of the city of Teruel, along with the visit to the beautiful cloister of the church of San Pedro.
It is a jewel placed in the city centre. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site, recognising the priceless value of its tower and roof.
The cathedral in the last capital of the province is the first in Mudejar art. The recent restoration of the panelling allowed us to discover the incredible construction methods of the Mozarabs and gaze at it, in hundreds of images a live microcosm of life in Spain in the XIII century.
The bell tower is one of the oldest Mudejar towers in the city. Built between 1257 and 1258 combining stone, brick and glazed ceramics. The great pointed arch open at the lower part allows passage into the street, allowing it to fulfil the function of a public way.
It is a building which is worth an extended visit, however, unfortunately, you have to pay to go inside.
The Tower of El Salvador stands near La Puerta de Guadalaviar de Teruel and is attached to a small church with the same name. The tower is open to visitors every day of the year. It was built in the early fourteenth century and consists of two towers: the exterior is brick, and the interior is masonry, running between the two stairs. The bottom arc is covered with a ribbed vault. In decoration there are a succession of intersecting archways and a four series of loops forming eight-pointed stars combined with crosses. Both places are worth a visit when you are in Teruel. A typical example of Moorish architecture.
This is one of the branches that Dinópolis has in the province of Teruel. It’s not very big, but still quite interesting, because the entire visit is a guided tour and very well explained, both for children and for adults. During the tour we can see a lot of fossils from the ancient sea which previously covered the zone, and understand how they were formed and preserved.
The Viaduct is a mythical and keystone place in the beautiful city of Teruel. Strolling through the old town to the new area alone or with company is extraordinary. The views, the silence, the fresh air, something around you makes you feel good. The city's cold air bounces off your body to go through this small, but awesome construction. It's a unique experience.
The tower of St. Martin is the most representative aspect of Teruel. It's characterized by red brick mixed with colored tiles. This Mudejar art comes from the coexistence of Christians and Muslims, mixing two styles in their old buildings. Something that I would highlight is that the current buildings inside the old historic town center reflect that style, resulting in a pleasant architectural incorporation, which is not at all out of tune with the rest of the city.
The old viaduct or the Hue Fernando Teruel viaduct were designed by the engineer Fernando Hue de la Barrera and built in 1929 to help facilitate the urban expansion of Teruel to the south, where now stands the peripheral housing development, in addition to its communication with the lands of Valenciato across the road Burgos-Sagunto. It was one of the civil engineering works of early twentieth century, one of the most important of Spain. Its construction took at least seven years due to economic hardship, and the road was baptized with the name of the Queen Christina Avenue. The transit area, today a pedestrian street, appears protected on both sides by metal railings with heraldic decoration that embellish the profile of the work that is already part of the important urban landscape of Teruel.
The Sacred Art Museum of the Diocese of Teruel and Albarracin is within the episcopal palace, a very significant building in the city's architectural heritage from the late 1500's. It's in one of the city's most beautiful squares, giving way to the cathedral. The museum houses an important collection of medieval paintings. Located between two major centres, Zaragoza and Valencia, of artistic production in medieval times, the province of Teruel became a major recipient of Aragonese Gothic paintings. Among the most important works, you can note the San Miguel and Santa Catalina works attributed by Lorenzo Zaragoza, without forgetting the panels of the altarpiece of the church of Bumblebee, various representations of San Sebastian or the Virgin of Mercy, which have been assigned to several important exhibitions and are true icons.
This medieval church from the 14th century has a nave with apse and side chapels. The temple has undergone several renovations and Gisbert Salvador captured the 3 monotheistic religions that you can find as representations. The visit is guided and worth it.
The Angel is a large iron expressionist sculpture on a pedestal, adjacent to the Teruel Viaduct. It has three figures, the angel, the bull and the peñista, which are traditional symbols of Teruel from the 12th century. The Viaduct, built in 1929, is an urban infrastructure greatly appreciated by the citizens of Teruel and visitors, because of the major urban reform that it instilled, improving access to the city from the old road to Valencia. It was declared a Cultural Site in 2004 and walking around, you can see other interesting works of art, gardens and architecture of the city.
The building, known as old schools Miguel Vallés or Arrabal schools of the city of Teruel, was built around 1911 by architect Paul Monguió. His style, rather than the modernist movement itself, can be attributed to a "historicism with strong Moorish influences of local tradition." Whenever I go to the city I park in the vicinity and it really catches my attention. The building has great character and value. It also forms part of an interesting group of modernist works in Teruel largely constructed by architect Paul Monguió. Original the building was a graduate school, in 1979 it was acquired by National Heritage, in 1980 it was refitted and became the Provincial Archives (its current use) and on June 6, 1996 it was declared to be of Cultural Interest.
Throughout the 19th Century, in Teruel there emerged a burgeoning bourgeoisie from the new architecture, which is highlighted by the presence of the architect from Teruel, Paul Monguió, ve designed one of the most important modernist buildings in Teruel. Some of Teruel's historic buildings that display some aspects of Modernism are: the south facade of the Cathedral, the Franciscan convent and the hermitage of the Virgen del Carmen. But it is certainly the Ferran House, situated in Torico Square, the house highlights this style and the architect, should also be noted the House of the Madrid lady and the House of tissues The Torico.
Most of the attractions in Teruel that you must see are related to Moorish art. One of the first things to see in Teruel is the mausoleum of the Lovers of Teruel, the legendary symbol of love between two young people from the city, Isabel de Segura and Juan Martinez de Marcilla. You can continue on to another of the many monuments and places to visit in Teruel, El Torico, a famous fountain with a small bull. Nearby are other Teruel attractions, namely the Church of Santa María, the Cathedral of the Diocese of Teruel, and the towers of El Salvador, a building of the Aragonese Mudejar which was cataloged in 1986 as a World Heritage Site.
There's lots of stuff to do in Teruel, so keep your city map in hand to discover more. You can stroll down the road from Santa Barbara where you can appreciate the best of Teruel and its environment from the viewpoint of the Mansuetos.
Another one of the things to do in Teruel is to try wheat cakes known as sollapas and also the shepherd's stew. You'll love the taste of the city's typical dishes, and for dessert, try a suspiro de amante, a pastry filled with a really good cheese. If you're travelling with children, check out Minube to discover unique Teruel activities, like visiting Dinópolis, a cultural, science, and entertainment park dedicated to paleontology and dinosaurs.