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Zamora / Fermoselle. Route: The river border

Fermoselle, the capital of Los Arribes, is a municipality in the region of Sayago located to the southeast of the province of Zamora, in the confluence of the Tormes and Duero Rivers.
Its castle, named Doña Urraca, now in ruins, played an important role in the War of the Communities, and served as the last bastion for the Bishop Acuña, who had joined the uprising.  After the defeat of the Communeros, Carlos I ordered the destruction of the fortress.  Of the walled premises, the only part that still stands is the pointed arch on one of the entrance doorways.

Fermoselle possesses very characteristic stone streets with steep slopes in which we can find well conserved traditional architecture.  The village, which sits on a steep granite elevation, maintains a network of subterranean wine cellars excavated directly in the rock.
In 1974 it was declared a Historical and Artistic Monument.  It features mansions like La Nogal and El Torojón, the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, the Plaza Mayor, and four hermitages (Santa Cruz, Soledad, Santa Colomba and San Albín).   Also interesting is the La Calzada of Zamora and of Fermoselle, an ancient Roman route that connects both places.

The village has been converted into a point of reference in the past years since the Convent of San Francisco houses one of the cabins of the Natural Park of Arribes del Duero.

Foto: Holeewo



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