Open Muslim quarter

Located at the crossroads between Aragon, La Rioja, Navarre and the province of Soria, Torrellas immediately plunges visitors into its Muslim past, found throughout the town but most prominently noted in the beauty of the church of San Martín de Tours, the lower part of which was the ancient mosque.

The temple underwent extensive remodeling in the 17th century to enable it to be used for Christian services. A slightly leaning octagonal Mudejar tower stands next to it.

It was built in two phases: from 1540 to 1550 the section up to the belfry was erected, and the upper section was completed around 1580. The interior of the tower has a Caliphal minaret structure, with a cylindrical central buttress around which a spiral staircase ascends, covered by an overhanging brick vault.

Interesting site in the Queiles River plains

The Muslims that remained after the Christian reconquest established a community in Torrellas that was important for the local economy in the foothills of the Moncayo Mountains. Artisans, bricklayers, carpenters and other craftsmen lived there, as is thoroughly explained in the Huella del Islam Interpretation Center located inside the church of San Martín de Tours, which also describes what life was like for the Muslims who lived in this town until their expulsion in 1610.

Torrellas also once had a castle, of which only ruins of the keep can be seen, having been repurposed in the construction of an ancient chapel that was, in turn, later transformed into a storage space. There is also an old hospital, dating from the mid-18th century.

The town’s main square, where the market used to be held, is one of its highlights. This is a porticoed rectangular space with large homes featuring plaster-coated stone façades and porches with flat arches. The façade of the building that was once home to the dukes of Villahermosa, made of brick with arches, currently housing tourist accommodations, is particularly striking.

Information

City council: 976 199 210
www.torrellas.es

WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN MORE?
Zaragoza Tourism Office
www.turismodezaragoza.es
Centro de Estudios Turiasonenses
www.ceturiasonenses.org

Territorio Mudéjar Network

The town has been a registered member of Territorio Mudéjar since January 2019.

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