Torralba de Ribota shows the Mudejar exhibition 20th anniversary World Heritage Site

The temporary exhibition “Mudejar, the intelligence of beauty. 20th World Heritage Anniversary” arrives in Torralba de Ribota. The exhibition can be visited until 22 August in the church of San Félix from 19:00 to 21:00. Those interested will find intelligent signposting and an exhibition focused on in situ learning for all audiences. This exhibition also fulfils the objective of making the heritage space a global learning space for all audiences.

The exhibition project has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of Adri Calatayud-Aranda and the Leader grants from the Aragon Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. Our thanks to the town council of Torralba de Ribota, the Bishopric of Tarazona and the parish.

In addition, this Thursday at 20.30 there will be a presentation by the director of Territorio Mudéjar, Victoria Trasobares, who will talk about:

-Research and UNESCO World Heritage projects.

-Cultural and historical-artistic heritage management

-Territorial development strategies based on culture and heritage.

We will be accompanied by representatives of the Cultural Association Castillo de Torralba who will present the activities that will be carried out during the Medieval Days, which for the second year cannot be held in face-to-face and in full.

Fréscano joins the Territorio Mudéjar network with an exhibition and a welcome speech

The temporary exhibition “Mudejar, the intelligence of beauty. 20th Anniversary World Heritage” arrives in Fréscano. This travelling exhibition commemorates the 20th anniversary of UNESCO World Heritage and will travel around our territory in the coming months. In Fréscano, it can be seen until 12 August from 18.30 to 20.00.

On the occasion of the exhibition and the incorporation of Fréscano to the Territorio Mudéjar network, during the weekend we will also make a presentation for all the inhabitants to know what it means to be part of the Territorio Mudéjar network and for them to get involved in our projects.

On Saturday 7th at 18.30 we will have a lecture on “Fréscano, Mudejar landscape” in the chapel of Nuestra Señora de la Huerta by Victoria E. Trasobares Ruiz, director of Territorio Mudéjar. The activity is free of charge.

Territorio Mudéjar returns to CortonaOpen3D

Territorio Mudéjar participates one more year in the workshop of the Polytechnic of Milan and the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera: CortonaOpen3D. This is a course specialising in “SmartCityDesign” (smart city design) in a Cultural Heritage context and will be held from 1 to 10 August in the Italian town of #Cortona (in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany). Due to the health situation, there will be a combination of face-to-face and online training.

The workshop lasts approximately 100 hours divided between classroom lessons, lectures and project workshops in which between 50 and 100 international students participate. In this meeting, the participants develop a SmartCityDesigns project within the city of Cortona.

In this framework, Victoria E. Trasobares Ruiz, director of Territorio Mudéjar, will be one of the invited specialists. Her conference will focus on: “Territorio Mudéjar, a strategic example of heritage management: the project behind the projects”, as an example of innovative management of historical and artistic heritage in rural areas.

The director of Territorio Mudéjar will give this lesson from #Tobed (Zaragoza) through the digital platform set up for the workshop. It will also be the starting point of the many and varied activities to which the internship students of the #ChallengeProgramme 2021, the initiative financed by the Council of Zaragoza and managed through Universa, the Guidance and Employment Service of the University of Zaragoza, will be able to attend.

Promotional and dissemination actions in Belchite

We continue to publicise Territorio Mudéjar and Mudejar heritage through our entity’s dissemination and communication actions. We have been in the Cultural Association El Allondero de Belchite where we talked about the importance of creating networks in rural areas and of counting on the inhabitants of our villages, thus advancing in our mission to strengthen a unified and collaborative management network for the use of historical-artistic resources linked to the important Mudejar heritage, understanding them as an engine of development of the villages and as an element of identity for the maintenance of the communities that make up our territory.

Travelling exhibition Mudejar 20th Anniversary World Heritage Site

The temporary and itinerant exhibition Mudejar 20th Anniversary World Heritage is already touring our Territorio Mudéjar. It will be inaugurated on 21 July in Ricla and can be visited until the end of the year in the different partner towns of Territorio Mudéjar. It is part of the commemorative events we are celebrating on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the declaration of the Zaragoza Mudejar as World Heritage.

Those interested will find intelligent signposting and an exhibition focused on in situ learning for all audiences.

The first place where the exhibition will be on display is Ricla and it can be visited in the old consulting room of the strait (Doña Clara street, nº 12) from 18.00 to 20.00 until Sunday 27th. We will keep you informed about the next venues.

The exhibition project has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of Adri Calatayud-Aranda and the Leader grants from the Aragon Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

As we have told you on other occasions, we work with Adri Calatayud Aranda on different projects. Specifically, within the “Asociación Territorio Mudéjar Centro de Innovacion rural” we have worked on the signposting and the itinerant dissemination by means of mobile boards of the recently inaugurated exhibition.

Territorio Mudéjar, a centre for rural innovation

The Association for the Integral Rural Development of the Community of Calatayud and Comarca del Aranda (Adri Calatayud-Aranda) and Territorio Mudéjar already have the plaque that accredits their participation in the project “Asociación Territorio Mudéjar Centro de Innovación Rural”, framed in the Rural Development Programme 2014-2021.

Thanks to the help of this project we have:

  • Devised and implemented a virtual work platform that is a very good tool for networking through new technologies.
  • Designed at the headquarters of Territorio Mudéjar, in the Mudejar Museum of Tobed, a pilot interdisciplinary workspace and possible ‘coworking’ for the development of research and scientific projects and that can serve as a model and reference for the network studying municipal spaces that can be shared workplaces.
  • Worked on the signposting and dissemination of the travelling exhibition Mudejar 20th Anniversary World Heritage by means of mobile boards. This exhibition can be seen until Sunday 27th in the old consulting room of the Ricla strait from 18.00 to 20.00 and will be moved to the different towns of Territorio Mudéjar throughout the year.

New summer courses to learn about the Mudejar or subjects related to our territory.

If you would like to make the most of the summer to learn more about Mudejar art or deepen your knowledge of subjects related to our Territorio Mudéjar and its history and heritage, we invite you to participate in some of the extraordinary courses of the University of Zaragoza programmed or related to our towns.

Journey to the Mudejar art of the regions of Calatayud, Aranda, Daroca and Valdejalón. 20th anniversary of the declaration of the Mudejar as World Heritage. Homage to Professor Gonzalo M. Borrás Gualis (Calatayud, 12-14 July).

It is coordinated by José Luis Cortés, tutor professor at the UNED Calatayud, with the collaboration of Victoria Trasobares Ruiz, director of Territorio Mudéjar.

The aim is to study first hand the Mudejar art of the regions of Aranda, Calatayud, Daroca and Valdejalón by means of detailed visits to all the most outstanding monuments, which are characterised by having preserved the original Mudejar spaces to the present day. The aim is to delve into the geographical, historical, ethnographic and artistic framework that allowed Aragonese Mudejar art to be declared a World Heritage Site in 2001.

The Social Function of Cultural Heritage: Uses, Projects, Models and Potentialities (Jaca, 21-23 July)

The course addresses the different challenges that cultural heritage management faces today, with the new referential framework set by the Sustainable Development Goals and concepts such as “cultural rights”. For this purpose, a series of lectures and round tables have been programmed to address the problems, but above all the potentialities around very diverse issues that Cultural Heritage and its management as a tool for social change have in common: inclusion, universal accessibility, sustainability, local development, depopulation…

Victoria Trasobares Ruiz, director of Territorio Mudéjar, participates as a speaker.

II Course-workshop on physical anthropology and palaeopathology in skeletal and mummified remains of the Museo de las Momias de Quinto (Quinto, 5-9 July)

The theory will have a practical application in the laboratory, with workshop sessions that will include work on the classification and analysis of skeletal and mummified remains exhumed from El Piquete de Quinto.

The aim of the course in Quinto is to approach the Museo de Momias, the first of its kind in Spain, through guided tours of the facilities and an exhibition of the preventive conservation methodology carried out by the Instituto de Estudios Científicos en Momias (IECIM).

Bartolomé Bermejo and Gothic painting in the regions of Campo de Daroca and Calatayud. The Heritage of empty Spain. (Darocz, 28-30 July).

It is coordinated by José Luis Cortés, tutor lecturer at the UNED in Calatayud and Fabián Mañas, PhD in Art History. The aim is to study and disseminate the artistic heritage of the towns that make up the Campo de Daroca region and the Community of Calatayud . Among them all, Bartolomé Bermejo stands out, whose entry into the artistic panorama of Daroca meant an aesthetic and technical revolution in the seventies of the 15th century.…/bartolome…

International Museum Day: the challenge of reclaiming and reimagining spaces

With the slogan “The future of museums: recovering and reimagining”, today Territorio Mudéjar joins the celebration of International Museum Day 2021.

The aim this year is to invite museums, their professionals and communities to create, imagine and share new practices of (co)creation of value, new business models for cultural institutions and innovative solutions to the social, economic and environmental challenges of today.

This commemoration was created in 1977 by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) to raise public awareness of what these centres contribute to the development of society.

We share with you the videos about some of the museums of our Territorio Mudéjar:

Lugares patrimoniales como espacios de conocimiento.
-La Almunia de Doña Godina. 

And we invite you to discover them all here.

We remind you that the Archaeological Museum of Fréscano and the Museum of the Celsa Colony of Velilla de Ebro have also been added to the list.

Happy Museum Day!

Call for internships through the Challenge Programme

Territorio Mudéjar offers internships for students of the Art History Degree, the Master’s Degree in Cultural Heritage Management, Communication and Geography and Territorial Planning thanks to the Challenge Programme, popularly known as ‘rural Erasmus’, financed by the Council of Zaragoza and managed by the University of Zaragoza. This initiative aims to improve the learning and personal development of students, to facilitate that talent arrives and stays in rural areas and to implement policies and develop projects from a new perspective based on innovation and cooperation between institutions.

This is the third call in which we participate. “We work on projects focused on professional profiles linked to eritage in a transversal way. In other words, they are not only open to the humanities, but also cover other fields such as communication, architecture, engineering, education…”, explained the director of Territorio Mudéjar, Victoria Trasobares.


WHEN WILL THE INTERNSHIPS TAKE PLACE? From 15 July to 15 December 2021.

WHERE? The internships will take place in Tobed, the headquarters of Territorio Mudéjar, three days a week to be determined from 10.00 to 14.00, and two days in the partner villages where they are assigned to carry out the tasks from 11.00 to 14.00.


•The internships begin with a preparatory course of 40 hours of introduction to the management of historical-artistic monuments: strategy, conservation, accessibility, dissemination, etc.

• It continues with an applied project of 20 hours per week.


• Participation in the pilot project “Territorio Mudéjar 20th anniversary World Heritage”.

• The student will learn to be responsible for the tasks involved in managing the accessibility and dissemination of different historical-artistic monuments linked to Territorio Mudéjar.

• Preparation of spatial itineraries, complementary dissemination activities, administrative management of materials necessary for the development of the cultural information activity, economic management of activities, preparation of reports and quality control of the activity.


• Students enrolled in the 19/20 academic year, with 90 credits passed for undergraduate students (enrolment at or graduates in the last three years.

• Areas: Degree in Art History, History; Master’s Degree in Cultural Heritage Management, Master’s Degree in Advanced Studies in Art History, Master’s Degree in Territorial Planning and Environment.

• Knowledge of Mudejar art, Aragonese art, Islamic art, medieval art and architecture. Management and dissemination of cultural heritage or similar.

• Driving licence and available vehicle (important).

• Languages: English and/or French (desirable but not essential).

Key bibliography for understanding Mudejarism in Aragon

Territorio Mudéjar has launched this April, on the occasion of the Book Day, an initiative to deepen the learning of Mudejar culture through a compilation of bibliography on Mudejarism. Over the coming months, Territorio Mudéjar will publish a weekly bibliographical recommendation on the social networks that will serve as a tool for learning, research and dissemination. The list will also be updated on this website.

The first issue was “Arte mudéjar aragonés” (Aragonese Mudejar art) by José Galiay Sarañana, published in 2002 by the Institución Fernando el Católico. This work is a facsimile reproduction of Galiay’s 1950 edition and is edited by Gonzalo M. Borrás Gualis and Ricardo Centellas Salamero, who also wrote the prefaces to it.

In the first pages, Centellas writes about the Arabised Spaniards, Mudejars of the 20th century, and deals with the figure of José Galiay “between regenerationism and academic erudition”. For his part, Borrás provides a context for Mudejar historiography, both Spanish and Aragonese, so that the scholar has some elements of judgement to evaluate the book.

In Galiay’s facsimile we find details on the Christian Reconquest; the characteristics of Mudejar art; the particularities of the Aragonese branch; names of artists and dates of Mudejar works; architectural classification; ceramics as a decorative element; interior decoration of monuments; Mudejar wood; Mudejar art in bookbinding.

Facsimile reproduction of the book available here.

The second key work chosen to understand Mudejarism in our region was “El arte mudéjar aragonés” (Aragonese Mudejar art) by Gonzalo M. Borrás Gualis. Published by Guara Editorial and with drawings by Vicente González Hernández. This is an interpretative essay on Aragonese Mudejar art that includes in its essential lines the contribution of previous research, in some cases fundamental, such as that of Leopoldo Torres Balbás, Francisco Iñiguez Almech and Fernando Chueca Goitia, for example, as well as that of José Galiay. Moreover, it constantly points out aspects to be explored, seeking to serve as a spur and stimulus for new and long-awaited studies.

The book begins with a chapter on the Aragonese Mudejar in the context of the Hispanic Mudejar, continues with an analysis of Mudejar art and society (population, social status, master builders…), continues with an artistic characterisation of the Mudejar and deals with other topics such as religious Mudejar architecture, bell towers and Mudejar carpentry.

The book is available here.