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San Vicente de la Sonsierra

Archeological remains

In the course of the rehabilitation works carried out in the fortified enclosure, several campaigns of archaeological excavations have been carried out that have brought to light the remains of the historical occupations that have taken place in this space.

For centuries part of the neighbors of San Vicente lived inside the enclosure (some until the beginning of the 20th century). After the collapse of part of the wall and several houses in December 1897, the abandonment of the area accelerated.

Attached to the inner face of the lower wall are walls and floors corresponding to houses dating from the 12th and 13th centuries, remains of larger buildings built in the 16th century on medieval plots and winemaking facilities. Among the latter, it is worth mentioning a draft with its winery (abandoned at the end of the 19th century) and a pool for grape pressing with its corresponding torch carved into the rock (similar to the numerous rock wineries that proliferate in the open countryside throughout the Sonsierra, but with the added value that here appeared sealed by sediments that go back to the XII and XIII centuries)

More information

  • Location. Interior of the Fortified Enclosure. Access is recommended on foot from Carnicerías street through the Puerta de la Primicia
  • GPS coordinates 42 ° 33'36.0 "N 2 ° 45'24.0" W // 42.560006, -2.756671
  • Link to google maps
  • Free and free entry. Not accessible handicapped
  • Historical center: Restricted access to vehicles according to height and weight. Pedestrianization of the Plaza Mayor area on specific dates. It is recommended to park vehicles outside the historic área
  • More information in this link (Spanihs)

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