Daroca, a monumental town

Daroca

38 km from Bodegas Care.

Walking through the streets of Daroca means taking a stroll through a history of splendour which has left a monumental historical and artistic legacy. Its 16th-century gates, La Puerta Baja (the Low Gate) and La Puerta Alta (the High Gate), with their robust stone blocks, welcome visitors into the streets of noble houses. The 17th-century Fuente de los 20 caños (20-spout Fountain), alongside the Puerta Alta, was built to impress visitors with the wealth of the town they were entering.

The largest and most sumptuous of the surviving churches is the richly-decorated 14th-century Collegiate Church of Santa María, with an outstanding high altar canopy and organ. One of the main attractions of this church is the fact that it houses the famous Sagrados Corporales relic, which played a key role in a miracle that gave rise to one of the deepest rooted religious traditions in the Aragonese Christian calendar, the festival of Corpus Christi.

Art lovers will find countless attractions in Daroca. The Romanesque churches of San Juan and Santo Domingo in Mudéjar style are here; as is the church of San Miguel, with its apse decorated with outstanding Gothic paintings.  Another unusual delight of the town is its walls. Visitors can walk along the walls up to the old castle, which offers impressive panoramic views of the town.

The museums include the Confectionery Museum, where you can discover local traditional sweets, and the Museum of the Corporales in the Collegiate Church of Santa María, focusing on this religious tradition. This miracle took place in 1238 during the Christian Reconquest of the Peninsula, which turned Daroca into a focus for worship and pilgrimage. The miracle took place near Valencia, where the nobleman Berenguer de Entenza was leading companies from Daroca, Calatayud, and Teruel to attack the Muslims south of the Júcar river. The Muslim army surrounded the Christians, and, during the siege, Berenguer de Entenza commanded a priest in the church of San Cristóbal in Daroca to celebrate mass. When the priest raised the cloth where six holy wafers were kept, they saw that they were drenched in blood. This was regarded as a miracle, and the Christians rode into battle led by the priest, displaying the bloody wafers. The Muslims were finally defeated.

In addition to the festival of Corpus Christi, where the corporales are brought out in a procession, August is another significant month in the Daroca calendar, as that is when its International Festival of Early Music is held. During this week, concerts and master classes fill the town with an extraordinary atmosphere, with students, teachers, and music lovers from all over the world.

Daroca Tourism Office
C/Mayor, 44
Tel: 976 800 129
darocaturismo@dpz.es
ofdaroca@comarcadedaroca.com

 

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