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Villaseca

Villaseca

In full Hoces del Duratón we find Villaseca. A place where there are two sites that can be visited: the Cueva de los Siete Altares and the Ruins of the Priorato de San Frutos del Duratón.

Cave of the Seven Altars

In the canyon formed by the Hoces del río Duratón in the lands of Sepúlveda, a remarkable concentration of hermits was found at the beginning of the Middle Ages. Among the places where these monks took refuge and where Christian worship was practiced, there is a church or rock chapel known as the Cueva de los Siete Altares, which is apparently one of the oldest known places of Christian worship in the area, probably from the Visigothic period. The cave is very small, just a covacho that has limestone carved on one of its walls four altars or niches that, in all cases, resemble horseshoe arches and are decorated with geometric decorations carved or engraved on the own rock and highlighted with red paint.

The place is protected by a fence that does not prevent the contemplation of archaeological remains, and has a lectern with information on the characteristics of the place and its historical references. On the outside you can see a fifth niche, with a simpler appearance than the interior ones, as well as the supports for a possible roof or roof carved into the rock.

Access and conditions of the visit.
  • The cave opens on the wall of the right bank of the Duratón River, a hundred meters above the bridge that crosses the river on the road from Sebúlcor to Villaseca.
  • Access is not easy, since you have to climb the rock, and something more complicated in the descent.

Ruins of the Priory of San Frutos del Duratón

They are in the most visited place, due to the spectacular landscape and the cut of the river canyon, of the Natural Park of the Hoces del río Duratón.

This small monastic community depended on the Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos (Burgos).

Together with its Romanesque church, consecrated in the year 1100 and placed under the invocation of San Frutos, patron saint of Segovia, the ruins of the priory can be visited, with the rooms of the monks, kitchen, refectory (dining room) etc. and, in the outer part of the set and next to the apse of the church, the old cemetery is discovered, composed by tombs carved in the rock, with the head marked, which confers them an anthropomorphic aspect, and that must be placed, chronologically, at the beginning of the Middle Ages. The set has signage and didactic lecterns.

Access and conditions of the visit.
  • The access road to the Priory departs from the town of Villaseca. It is interrupted to 1 Km. Approximately of the set, in the parking lot arranged by the natural park. From there, the route must be completed on foot.
  • Access is free, subject to limitations that, eventually, could be imposed by those responsible for the Natural Park. It is convenient to visit the House of the Hoces del Río Duratón Park, in Sepúlveda, where information on environmental, historical, etc. aspects is received. of this area.

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