Route through the Monumental Temples of the Sierra Norte in Madrid
Among the valleys of the Sierra Norte de Madrid se hide their beautiful villages, whose landscape dominates the bell towers of their churches. On this route, you can discover some of the most spectacular in the rural World of the Serrano, its gripping history and treasures Guarded by their walls.
In these lines you're going to discover some of them.
1. We started our route in the Jarama Valley, visiting a benchmark of the gMadrid otico: the St Mary Magdalene Church, in Torrelaguna. It was cbuilt between the 15th and 17th centuries and your jewel, in addition to its beautiful architecture, is the impressive altarpiece of the high altar, churrigueresque type, by sculptor Narciso Tomé. Visit: Saturday's 11 to 14 h, except when you've worshipped. More than 5 Pers.: pre-booking. Contact: 654 300 205 and www.parroquiatorrelaguna.com. On the way out, don't miss the Villa de Torrelaguna, declared a Historic-Artistic Ensemble for its valuable heritage. Guided tours with your Tourist Office.
2. We follow our way down the A-1 to the north to reach La Cabrera, where we find the Convento de San Antonio. Its stone interior and magical garden will make you want to stay and listen to the silence that transports you to its medieval origin and its unique history, you will know during the guided tour that the monks who live there offer visitors and tourists: Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11, 12, 16 and 17 h. Sundays and holidays 11 h. No prior reservation.
3. The third temple on this route is what they call the Cathedral of the Sierra Norte: the San Vicente Mártir Church, Braojos de la Sierra. Sor architecture will surprise you, but you still haven't seen what it keeps inside: a set of artistic jewels, Including, Works of the masters Gregorio Hernández and Vicente Carducho, that will end up taking your breath away. Guided visits: Saturdays and Sundays from 12.00 to 12.45 h. Free reservation with the church: 918 680 488 / 608 750 854 o www.braojos.org.
3 Bordering the Sierra de La Cabrera, that breaks the sky with its granite peaks, we continue along the same road and get to Sieteiglesias, where we park to visit his Necropolis. On a large granite rock and its surroundings, rest more than 80 tombs that have their origins in the High Middle Ages, and that could correspond to the first Christian repopulators in the region. Learn about the curiosities of the medieval funeral rituals of these lands on the guided tour of this unique cemetery. Pre-booking with Lozoyuela-Navas Tourist Office-Sieteiglesias; Monday through Saturday 10 to 14 h, and Sundays from 11 to 14 h.
4. The Villa de Buitrago del Lozoya is another fundamental high in our way of the Medieval, in the heart of the Lozoya Valley. The wall and the castle are key points of the medieval history of this town, place of Arabs, Jews and Christians and such illustrious characters as the Marquis of Santillana and Joan of Castile "La Beltraneja". Surrounded almost entirely by the Lozoya River, its walled enclosure is the best preserved in the Community of Madrid. If you want to immerse yourself in the history of Buitrago, sign up for a guided or theatrical tour. Guided tours of the old town: Saturdays at 11.30 h. Dramatised visits: Saturdays at 12.30 h. Info and inquiries: www.buitrago.org/turismo.
5. To finish, we get to the Church of Santo Domingo de Silos, in Prádena del Rincón. Visiting this place, you'll get a surprise because, in addition to being a religious temple whose origin dates back to the 12th century, inside was found a medieval necropolis, remnants of wall paintings and what appear to be the remains of a bell repair shop, plus other unexpected treasures. Today, all of this is restored and muselized, ready to reveal to you the history of its former inhabitants. Take advantage of this visit to get to know Prádena Rincón and its valuable natural environment, which is part of the Sierra del Rincón Biosphere Reserve. Guided tours with the Tourist Office: firstname.lastname@example.org o 661 494 052.