Located practically in the Moraña of Avila. Therefore, very close to the provinces of Valladolid and Ávila. Its name may have Celtic origin.
It was part of the Land of Arévalo, being visited by the Templars and even Queen Isabel la Católica, a great devotee of the Poor Clares. In its term there are two depopulated, Carias and Moraleja de Santa Cruz. In the latter it is preserved what was its Church today known as Hermitage of the Holy Christ of Moralejilla.
What to see
Parrish Church of San Pedro Built in the XNUMXth century, in late Romanesque style and with subsequent reforms. Building with a Latin cross plan and with three naves. The bell tower, considered the widest in Castilla y León and one of the widest in Europe, and the coffered ceiling with octagonal files stand out. Also his Baptismal Font. In the Altarpiece, the images of San Pedro and San Juan and also of San Isidro. It stands out in front of the centenary La Olma Church.
Convento de Santa Clara Built in 1270 by mandate of San Francisco de Asís. Enclosed by a perimeter wall of masonry it houses the Church, the cemetery, the convent with its dependencies and the orchards. It is said that Isabel La Católica was welcomed here. It suffered a fire in 1750 and was rebuilt, but was looted in the War of Independence. Cloistered nuns continue to live.
Hermitage of the Holy Christ of La Moralejilla. The oldest monument in Rapariegos. Old Church of Moraleja de Sta. Cruz, depopulated in the 1985th century. Declared BIC in XNUMX. With a plant formed by three naves, considered Visigothic Basilica and, after the latest archaeological investigations, it dates from the XNUMXth or XNUMXth century built on the ruins of a church of "enormous proportions" that belonged to the town of Moralejilla, uninhabited and destroyed by woodworm (only the hermitage remains) and, it is said that the Templars worshiped a piece of the Lignum Crucis brought from the Holy Land.
Dovecotes. There are two, one in the urban area and another on the way to Martín Muñoz de La Dehesa. There are also nine underground cellars from the early twentieth century with a door and several spillways or niches.
Holidays and traditions
January 17 San Antón
February 5 Sta Agueda
June 29 San Pedro
11 August St. Clare
Christ of Moralejilla, Sunday after the May Cross),
December 28 Holy Innocents
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