Torre de Arcas
Elevation: 945 m
Area: 34,41 km²
IGLESIA PARROQUIAL DE SAN BERNARDO
This Renaissance temple was built in different phases, but mainly during the 17th century, whereas the tower and the façade are dated from the previous century.
ANCIENT BREAD OVEN
This was a communally owned oven from the 18th or 19th century. A baker designated by the council was in charge of cooking the bread with dough prepared by families at home. It is now a museum.
Even though Torre de Arcas belonged to Monroyo until 1791, the village had possessed this construction from the 17th century. It has two floors and a lintelled ‘Lonja’ (porches), in addition to the prison. The building was renovated in the mid 20th century, which is why the façade is now made of brick.
This building is a stately home from the 14th or 15th century that was later renovated. Blue remains of limescale can still be seen in the façade, which was traditionally used so as to prevent infection.
The washing place was built in the early 20th century. It is a large rectangular pond divided into two spaces: one to wash and other to rinse. To do so, people used to make their own soap out of used oil or ash, which produced a powerful degreaser..
The path that connected Monroyo and Zorita passes over this Medieval bridge featuring a single eye constructed with a semicircular arch in ashlar stone. ‘La Font Vella’, a source of spring water, is located beneath.
ERMITA DE SAN BERNARDO
The devotion of the people for the saint is very old, there was a brotherhood of San Bernardo until the end of the 18th century, a period in which this hermitage of late baroque style began to be built. A pilgrimage to the hermitage is celebrated on August 22, during the events of the Major Festivals, during which liquors and pastas are distributed.