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Pizarra Monuments and museums

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Pizarra Monuments and Museums

Pizarra is an old Mediterranean town whose roots date back to the glorious days of the Roman Empire. While not much has been dug up here from that era, there are a few archaeological finds that link this town to that ancient past. On the other hand, the Pizarra monuments and museums that still stand prominently come from the years that immediately followed the Reconquista.

The Reconquista refers to that long period wherein kingdoms from all of Iberia fought to recapture their lands from the Moors. Each time they recaptured a town, they would raze every remaining Arabian structure and build their own. Most of the structures they built were religious in nature. Here is one that has remained standing in Pizarra all these years:

Ermita de la Fuensanta - This hermitage is dedicated to the Nuestra Señora de la Fuensanta, the patron saint of Pizarra. Built in the 16th Century, this hermitage went through a major restoration in the early 18th Century.

Another major restoration was carried out in the early 20th Century, which resulted in the Gothic-style architecture that currently makes up the building's facade. Inside its walls you'll find a single nave leading to the image of the Nuestra Señora de la Fuensanta.

Other monuments from those times include the following: the Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, the Palacio de los Condes, Convento de las Hermanas, Iglesia de San Pedro Apostol, and the Puento Sobre el Guadalhorce.

There is reason to believe that the town and its environs still hold some secrets that have yet to be discovered. Other places here that haven't been thoroughly studied but may also have important historical value are the following:

Hill of Quintana Castillejos - This place is believed to have been once a defensive stronghold of the Moors. A few Roman artifacts have also been found here.

Remnants of an Arab Tower - The base (or what remains of it) of a tower can be found in the Sierra de Gibralmora.

El "Bañaero" de la Reina - At the top of the Arroyo de la Ahumada is a place believed to to have been a bathing site of the Romans.

Castillejos de Luna - In this area you'll find a necropolis made up of ten cist tombs. The interesting part? They're believed to date back to the Bronze Age - that's already prehistorical times.

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