Alquezar, the fortress of the Pre-Pyrenees

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Alquezar, the fortress of the Pre-Pyrenees

A fortress at the foot of the Pyrenees, this is Alquezar.

Alquezar has been declared a Historic-Artistic Site. In it, we can find numerous remains of its medieval past and other artistic manifestations.

It is a town with a great tourist charm located in the Sierra de Guara, in the Somontano region, known for its great adventure activity of canyoning and canyoning.
We can walk through its narrow cobblestone streets full of a special aura visiting the Gothic style gateway that is still preserved (one of the three access gates to the city of Alquezar that existed in the past).
Also noteworthy is its castle-collegiate church of Islamic origin. It was a Benedictine monastery and its origins date back to the 11th century. The Torre del Vigía (Watchtower), some sections of the wall, the highest tower and a fragment of the Romanesque church integrated into the 14th century cloister date from this period. The capitals of the school of San Juan de la Peña (XII century) stand out.

In the sixteenth century, the architect Juan de Segura built the colossal collegiate church of Santa Maria, consisting of a nave and polygonal apse, with starry vaults. The main altar piece and a 13th century Romanesque Christ, considered a unique piece, are important. From the cloister you can access the Museum of Sacred Art, with pieces ranging from the twelfth to the fifteenth century.

Alquezar, the fortress of the Pre-Pyrenees

From there you can make excursions on foot to the bottom of the Vero River. In this area you can find numerous caves with cave paintings, most of them from the Bronze Age.