The Holy Week in Sigüenza

Talking about Easter or the Holy Week in Spain (Semana Santa) has nothing to do with what some of us might envision: chocolate eggs, Easter bunnies or candies. Even though these traditions, popular in other countries, are currently winning followers, especially amongst children, Semana Santa is above all, a religious festivity which is passionately celebrated …

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Intangible Cultural Heritage: Music and Religious Festivals

Sigüenza, January 22nd 2021. On a day like this back in 1124, the Aquitanian bishop Bernard of Agen entered the city of Sigüenza, together with his troops, bound for a memorable reconquest of the city after three assaults. This fact was undoubtedly the origin of a city marked by the episcopal seal, which will also …

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History and Legends: the Castle of La Riba de Santiuste

If you are fond of paranormal phenomena, I’m sure you know the Spanish TV show “Cuarto Milenio” presented by journalist Iker Jiménez. The program (https://www.cuatro.com/cuarto-milenio/) explores a wide range of topics, such as conspiracy, ufology, parapsychology, archaeology and history. A few years ago, they visited the castle of La Riba de Santiuste, one of the …

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Ways, routes and pilgrimages: Camino del Cid (the Way of El Cid)

I am sure you have heard about the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James in English, one of the most important Christian pilgrimages, with Santiago de Compostela (in Galicia, northwestern Spain), as the final destination. Every year, thousands of people take one of the several routes available, some of them for spiritual reasons, some others just …

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