Albarracín rich historical and patrimonial value
Albarracín has preserved all its medieval flavor and currently represents one of the most outstanding and interesting historical sites in Spain. Its old town has been declared a National Monument since 1961, an Asset of Cultural Interest, and has been proposed by UNESCO to be declared a Monument of World Interest. With all these awards, it is not surprising that Albarracín surprises the traveler every time he visits us.
A glimpse of its historical value
The first settlers established themselves in the surroundings of Albarracín and proof of this are the numerous paintings of Levantine rock art found in the shelters of the so-called Cultural Park of Albarracín. These paintings belong to the post Paleolithic (6000 and 1000 years BC) and like other remains of Levantine rock art are declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Important remains from the Roman period are preserved, among which are the spectacular aqueduct carved into the rock that runs about 18 km from Albarracín to Cella, in order to supply water to the latter town.
The imposing wall that we see today refers to the importance of Albarracín as a strategic military point of first order after the Muslim invasion of the Iberian Peninsula. The Torreón del Andador, the Alcazaba and the Water Tower belong to this period.
Albarracín became the capital of the independent Taifa kingdom of Ibn Razín, approximately in 1011, and later passed into Christian hands through a cession to the Azagra family, which continued as an independent lordship of Castile and Aragon until 1285.
The old town of Albarracín is a compendium of narrow streets, steep and full of picturesque corners, all of them characterized by the typical and popular architecture of the area where the wrought iron, wood, and reddish plaster of the facades provide this tonality to the whole, blending in full harmony with the surrounding landscape.
It is also striking how along the narrow streets, the mansions of noble origin are mixed with more modest houses, most of them well preserved, among which stands out the house of Julianeta, built in the fourteenth century and maximum exponent of the architecture of the area.
The remains of the old wall, and the Torre del Andador, are worth a visit as well as the portals of the Water and the portal of the Molina, which are in a magnificent state of preservation.
We suggest you to visit the Cathedral, the Municipal Museum, the Diocesan Museum, the Forge Museum, the Toy Museum, the Doña Blanca Tower Exhibition Center, Dinópolis... On the other hand, the Santa María de Albarracín Foundation also offers cultural activities, such as concerts and temporary exhibitions that are worth visiting.