Navas de San Antonio is located 34 kilometers from the Segovian capital and located in a wide valley. With 328 inhabitants, it is a quiet town, well connected, which treasures an interesting monumental heritage.
The hermitage of San Antonio del Cerro is one of its attractions. The temple and its history have become a watchword of the people, which transcends the religious and has become a popular reference and an emblem of the traditions of the area.
What to see
- Church of San Nicolás de Bari: in 1997 it was declared a Site of Cultural Interest. Located in the center of town and surrounded by a well-kept park. It is a late Gothic building built in the mid-XNUMXth century combining ashlar and Baroque stone masonry. It has a rectangular plan with three naves. The bell tower is rectangular, the town clock is installed in it. It has a baroque main altarpiece, its goldsmithing with a monstrance from the late s. XVI, a scepter and a gilt silver chalice. It also has a Gothic baptismal font.
- Hermitage of San Antonio del Cerro: located 3,5 km from the town, at the vertex of the municipal term, making a collision with the terms of Zarzuela del Monte and Vegas de matute. It dates from the end of the 13th century. Its baroque façade is made of granite and finished off in a slender double-bodied belfry. Inside, it is divided into three false naves covered by a whitewashed ceiling. Three neoclassical altarpieces adorn it; the main one covers the size of the Saint. There is a stone block that when passing the hand they say that one finds a boyfriend or girlfriend, the same tradition and powers are attributed to ringing the bell XNUMX times.
- Paneras Reales: Royal Grain Warehouse. It was an old silo. Built in the XNUMXth century in Baroque stone. Considered one of the most important remains of civil architecture in the province. There were three bread baskets that supplied the grain to Madrid. At its entrances, you can see the shields of the Bourbons and that of Madrid. It is currently a privately owned building.
- Telegraphic optical tower: built in the mid-nineteenth century that was part of the complex that linked Madrid with the north of Spain. It belonged to the Castilla line, with the Madrid-Irún route. Located about two km from Navas de San Antonio and under the protection of the Spanish Historical Heritage. It was intended as a fortress.
- El Potro de Herrar: located in the Plaza de los Novillos. It was used for the shoeing of animals that were used in field tasks. Next to it, there is an anvil.
- La Fuentona: located on Calle Real. Granite quarry stone fountain, with lintel front and vaulted roof. It is 200 years old.
- El Pilón: located in the church park. In the past it served as a cattle trough. It was also used as a laundry room.
- Plaza de los Novillos: at the entrance of the town you can see those stone blocks with holes where the talanqueras were supported, which were introduced into the stone and closed the entrances to the square where the bulls ran.
Holidays and traditions
- Acts related to Holy Week:
- Fiesta de quintos: on Holy Saturday there is a bonfire in the square, painting of the bull and dancing. On Resurrection Sunday, the fifths and the manolas carry the images of the Virgin and Child in the procession of the Encuentro on litters.
- San Antonio patron saint festivities: pilgrimages in the Ermita del Santo on June 13, the feast of San Antonio and the Sunday following its Eighth, with mass, procession and auction of banners and banners. There are festivals, performances and a bullfighting celebration for the fifths.
- Cultural week and summer festivals: it is celebrated in commemoration of the old cattle fair that existed. There are various recreational, cultural, sports, musical activities, etc. On Saturday popular food and pilgrimage in the hermitage. Start the first Monday after August 15.
- San Antonio de Octubre: pilgrimage in the hermitage with mass and procession. It is the second Sunday in October.
- San Nicolás de Bari: patron of the town. Mass and procession with the image of the Saint. Refreshment and dancing. It is celebrated on December 6.
- Feast of the Immaculate Conception: four mayordomas of the brotherhood wear a mantilla and a comb for the mass and a Manila shawl for the procession. Refreshment and dancing. It's December 8th.
- Pilgrimages: there are 4 pilgrimages throughout the year. Two of them in the patron saint festivities of San Antonio: one is celebrated on June 13 and the other on the Sunday after the festivities end, which is the Eighth. It is declared of Tourist Interest. Another in August, and another on the second Sunday in October. All are celebrated in the hermitage.
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