Maderuelo is a population very rich in culture, heritage, traditions and nature. And as not also in religious art. Discover its charms!
The pre-Romanesque hermitage of Santa Cruz (or of the Vera Cruz, because Templar origins are attributed to it), had its walls completely covered by wonderful Romanesque paintings, which were moved to the Museo del Prado five years ago, alleging the danger they were running because waters of the immediate swamp of Linares arrived sometimes to flood the small temple. From the hermitage the swamp is saved by a long bridge to reach Maderuelo (a little less than 100 km from the capital), a walled town whose greatest splendor it had in the thirteenth century, accounting then ten churches and a castle. The hamlet is very typical, an example of a defensive town, with towers, gates, mansions ... The church of Santa María del Castillo is of considerable size and brings together several architectural styles; some defend their original mosque structure. It contains several works of art from the other disappeared churches, as well as an altarpiece and serge of the Last Supper, dated in the sixteenth century by Gabriel de Sosa. There are also several medieval burials and the presence of a mummy of a woman, apparently young, whose origin is not known is surprising.
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