NOT TO BE MISSED
Complement your visit with:
At your way:
The noise of the silence – go to page
Just one step away – go to page
Going with the flow – go to page
Celadas, Santa Bárbara Front – go to page
Alfambra, Trenches- go to page
Path through Sierra Palomera (Torremocha) – go to page
Altitude: 1.119 m.
Web Page: www.celadas.es
How to get there?
24 kilometres from Teruel, on the N-234 or the A23, taking the turn-off for the Cella pass. From Teruel there is a secondary road that leaves from the roundabout at the La Paz industrial estate, TE-V-1001. 15 kilometres. See Map
San Roque Fountain.
HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
Gothic-Renaissance church of Santo Domingo de Silos, with a Baroque altarpiece from 1702. It was originally Romanesque but was rebuilt in the 16th century (1588) in the Gothic-Renaissance style, with a central nave and five side chapels. Today it conserves a Gothic starred ribbed vault, eaves and Gothic pictorial panels. On the outside, the four-part tower stands out, built in stone masonry and crowned with a Mudejar-style capital. The plateresque doorway stands out under a semicircular arch with garlands and round sculptures under niches. Crowning the façade, on the front, there are three images; the holy water font, Plateresque (16th century), was made in Albarracín; inside, there are three Baroque altarpieces, two Rococo-style altarpieces and two 16th-century panels.
Castle from the 14th century (1328). It is currently the Town Hall
Hermitage of Santa Quiteria, 17th century. Baroque masonry building, with a nave, polygonal chancel on the inside and flat on the outside, covered with a half-barrel vault with lunettes; on the outside it has an atrium, belfry and a brick way of the cross that surrounds it; inside it conserves a Plateresque altarpiece (16th century) and two Baroque altarpieces (18th century). It houses the image of the Virgen de la Salud, highly venerated by the inhabitants of Celadas and other surrounding villages, to whom a pilgrimage is held on the fourth weekend in May.
Hermitage of San Roque, in Gothic style. Very well preserved. 15TH-16TH CENTURY. It is a Gothic masonry construction, with a nave, covered with a gabled roof.
Hermitage of San Cristóbal, recently rebuilt; it conserves the central arch. It was demolished in the Civil War.
Chapel of Santo Domingo de la Calzada.
Hermitage of Santa Bárbara.
Daudén House, an ashlar building with a semicircular arch on the façade, the keystone of which bears the family coat of arms.
Russian Park. It is a symbol of the twinning in 1991 between Celadas and the Russian town of Vinogradovo. The park reproduces a citadel from medieval Russian fairy tales.
Pierres Vedel Fountain. Built in 1560.
FESTIVALS AND TRADITIONS
Pilgrimage of Santa Bárbara, first Sunday in May.
Pilgrimage to the Chapel of Santo Domingo, second Sunday in May.
Last weekend in May, Fiestas Mayores. On Friday the festival is held in honour of Santo Domingo, on Saturday in honour of Santa Quiteria and on Sunday in honour of La Virgen de la Salud. On Sunday, people from other villages come in pilgrimage. On Monday the “Día de la Abuela” (Grandmother’s Day) is celebrated and is dedicated to the elderly. A mass is held and wine is distributed in honour of the grandparents and Father Crescencio.
Pilgrimage to San Cristóbal on the first Saturday in August (chapel rebuilt in 1988). Wine and sardines are distributed and there is a picnic that brings together all the villagers.
Patron saint festivities on the third weekend in August, in honour of San Roque.
LEGEND OF LOVE
It is said that back in the 14th century, there lived in Celadas a handsome nobleman, son of the family of the “López de Santacruz”, lords of the castle. He was a good horseman, a friend of jousting and a connoisseur of the lands and people of Aragon.
He knew that in the Barony of Escriche there flourished a beautiful maiden, always watched over by her mother. And it is said that his happy days were those in which, accompanying his mother, they both went down to the market, or to the fairs of Teruel, Cella or Cedrillas. At one of these fairs, the eyes of the gallant of Celadas and the heiress of the Barony met. The maid of Escriche liked to go down to Teruel on market days and the young man of Celadas had the same tastes, but it was not the desire to buy, it was the passion to see each other that motivated their presence at the fairs and markets.
One day, taking advantage of his mother’s distraction, the de Celadas boy kissed his beloved, who took the kiss. From that day on, their eyes sparkled every time they met: they were in love.
The mother finally learned of her daughter’s love affair with the young man from Celadas and her soul raged with anger and she sought to save her daughter from a suitor who was no more than an infantryman and through whose veins did not run the blue blood of the nobility.
The mother was unable to remove from her daughter’s heart the arrow that Celadas’s suitor had stuck in her, and the relationship and trust between mother and daughter grew colder and colder by the day. In this situation, the mother went down to Teruel to ask for help from the witch Kala, who lived in the Cuevas del Arrabal. The witch, after receiving a good bag of gold, promised the baroness that she would free her daughter from the young man from Celadas. A few days later, the girl’s mother went back down to the Caves with another bag of coins and the witch told her, very secretly, that with the help of the devil, she had turned Celadas’ lover into a dog. The mother was happy and satisfied with the witch’s spell, but her daughter, madly in love, languished with sadness and the light in her once bright eyes was fading.
It is said that only a mastiff dog, with his flattery and flattery, tried to cure her of her lovesickness. Having lost hope of seeing her love again, the young woman, the future heiress of the Barony, died one cold spring afternoon and her dog, her faithful friend, left the house, howling like mad in the fields and along the roads…
Nine days after the maiden’s death, following an old funeral custom, the parents and the priest of the Barony went to the grave of the unfortunate girl to recite a response and offer her a bouquet of flowers.
When they reached the grave, the mother’s face suddenly turned pale at the memory of the witch Kala: at the head of the grave, next to her beloved, lay the dead mastiff.