MEDINACELI: A unique setting for an unforgettable event.
City of Heaven, as poet Gerardo Diego called it, Medinaceli is located south of Soria, on a beautiful hill. The ancient Celtiberian and Roman Occilis –later madina oceli and madinat Salim, to its present name– is full of monuments and buildings, the work from the many peoples who inhabited it and who have made this town what it is today.
Highlights include the Plaza Mayor, typical Castilian square with arcades, under which important Roman mosaics were found in the 1990’s.
The Doge’s Palace occupies one of its sides and preserves the coats of arms of the Dukes of Medinaceli, who contributed greatly to the beautification of the village. Today it is home to the DEARTE Foundation and houses exhibitions of contemporary painters, as well as a mosaic found in one of the streets of the city and a beautiful courtyard, where you can listen to concerts and opera.
Another side is occupied by the old alhóndiga.
Narrow, passageway and arcade alleys line the square, witnesses to the Arab presence next to the remains of a fortress and the fortress. The Collegiate Church – where an image of the Christ of Medinaceli is venerated – the Convent of Santa Isabel, both from the 16th century, and the monumental Roman Arch from the 2nd century, emblem of the city and one of its most precious jewels because it is the only Roman arch in Spain with three arcades, are added for a beautiful monumental and historical promenade through this town, so well preserved.
A castle, the old synagogue or the Arab snowfield are other places to visit.