It is said in Calatayud that the Jiloca and the Jalón have a Mudejar soul. And this is because along these Zaragoza rivers, tributaries of the big Ebro, the Spanish-mudejar architectural style has spectacular examples.
The Aragon Mudejar heritage is represented by 157 buildings declared World Heritage. Situated principally in the provinces of Zaragoza and Teruel, they stand out with their minaret towers, the horseshoe arches, the brick walls, the plaster decorations, and their colourful ceramics. In order to get to know some of the towns with examples of this surprising style, it is ideal to choose Calatayud as your base and from there take the N-234 road. On this road, in the direction of Soria, you come to Torralba de Ribota, a tranquil town surrounded by fields where the church of San Félix is situated.
The church dates from the XIV century and its construction is of a defensive character. San Félix is known for being a Mudejar building with later additions. It’s worth visiting the interior, with its spectacular Mudejar ornamentation and beautiful gothic altarpieces.
Leaving behind Torralba de Ribota and continuing on the N-234 in the direction of Soria, there is another town which has a Mudejar treasure: Cervera de la Cañada.
The town, where you can find the tranquillity of another era, is crowned by the church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, dedicated to Santa Tecla. The exterior of the church is sober, however, its interior hides spectacular ornamentation with delicate plasterwork and multi-coloured ceilings which leave one astonished.
This territory is located in the upper reaches of Jalon, between the province of Guadalajara and the counties of Carignan and Daroca, bordered on the west by the province of Soria. We stayed over Easter in a rural house. I loved the scenery. It was ver quiet and we enjoyed some very peaceful walking routes with the family. There are many medieval monasteries in the area which are very well preserved.