Its origin in history arises, as in most of the populations of Castilian Extremadura, from the repopulation of this area during the twelfth century.
Cantimpalos is documented from the first half of the 13th century, since the first verification of its name dates from the 1 of June of 1247 and appears in a document of income distribution of the Cabildo of the Cathedral of Segovia with the name of "Cam de palos "and later Cantepalos until its current derivation of Cantimpalos. Name that seems to refer to a "field" that was the possession of a certain Pablo, or at least this is the interpretation for now more feasible to the name of this famous village of Segovia.
As for his famous chorizo, we could almost say that they have been elaborating it from the beginning, and his production around 1900 is already known as the date when the development of a pork-and-groat industry takes place taking advantage of the tradition that already existed in the preparation of a particular way . There are commercial documents of the 1928 and 1933 years that collect commercial transactions of Chorizos de Cantimpalos to Mexico, being curious that one of these documents warns suppliers of the appearance of imitations thereof.
What to see
The Hermitage of Christ
The first data that has been found about the hermitage of Cantimpalos dates from the year 1599 and refers to the 20 ducats that the painter Juan del Río received from the Brotherhood of Cantimpalos for the work done in the altarpiece -now disappeared-, which was found in the Humilladero de Cantimpalos.
It is rectangular in plan, covered with two waters and its construction is quite simple. Inside there is a single altar adoring with a velvet canopy in which is the image of the Christ of the Five Yagas.
Church of the Immaculate Conception
The exterior of the building presents simple volumes common to many churches in the region. The presbytery is high, protruding above the body of the church, and this, without giving much in elevation, covers its three naves with a gabled roof of long slopes, of which the south also collects the space of the porch. On the feet, the tower, formed by five bodies, rises on a very strong ashlar plinth of more than two meters high, and dominates the construction gallantly finishing off its slate roof with a sharp capital.
The interior of the temple consists of a quadrangular main chapel finished in apse of three panels between buttresses, and a church body of three naves with two sections, plus a space at the foot of the central nave where a high choir is placed, formed for a very rich gallery of carved wood of Renaissance style. On the sides are the tower, with access by the southern nave and on the opposite side the chapel of baptism. On either side of the main chapel there are two small rectangular rooms; one of them on the right, acts as sacristy.
Most outstanding artistic pieces:
- Image of the Virgin of the Waters of the XV century
- Christ of the 17th century Column
- Entombment. Century XVI.
- Picture "The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple" of the school of Lucas Jordán.
- End of the seventeenth century.
Coffered ceiling of the choir and organ.
The craft of the choir has been restored in the year 2008. With the restoration they have discovered the original colors - red and orange - of the polychrome, which have given a new highlight to one of the most important pieces of the church.
The elaboration of chorizo has marked the history of Cantimpalos, motor of the economy of the town and half of life of several generations of cantimpalenses. In the first third of the 20th century the sale of the product extends nationally and internationally for the most developed manufacturers.
This product has a quality mark, the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Chorizo de Cantimpalos. The chorizo, which bears the name of the municipality, was protected in the 2008 year with the quality figure granted by the European Union, which recognized it as characteristic and different from other chorizos, and was also included in the brand's products. quality of the "Tierra de Sabor" community.
The Chorizo de Cantimpalos Fair began its journey in the 2000 year and since then has maintained its usual appointment with visitors the last weekend of the month of April.
The chacinera fair has added acts and initiatives to its festive agenda, ranging from the purely gastronomic aspect, to the most playful, informative and cultural aspects such as: exhibitions, music concerts, exhibition and sale of food and craft products ...
The National Cross of Cantimpalos Town Hall is celebrated on December 8. Cantimpalos is a municipality known throughout the Spanish geography for this Cross that is the oldest in Castilla y León.
Festivities in honor of the Immaculate Conception, the last weekend of the month of August and is celebrated during 5 days (from Friday to Tuesday).
Youth Festival, the third weekend of the month of July.
San Isidro, the 15 day of May is celebrated.
Feast of Corpus Christi