The Jarama Valley
The municipality of Torrelaguna is located to the northeast of the community of Madrid, bordering neighbouring Guadalajara. He is seated on a pan terrain that rises from the river Jarama, which crosses its southeast boundary, up to the mountain foothills. What most characterizes this territory is the presence of the Canal de Isabel II through a large number of pipes, aqueducts, auxiliary buildings, routes of access or the historic Cabarrus Canal which irrigated crops of this territory. North of the term there is a mountainous area of the slopes of the Hill of the Calerizas, with a predominantly low mountain landscape, rich in Lavender, Romero, thyme, rockrose and broom.
The origin of the population seems to be Roman. In the middle ages he had the site today, with a shape that is still identified at its current level. It was one of the cristiano-visigodos fortified enclaves that are happening along the Jarama. The Muslims reinforced walls and raised some watchtowers. Tradition ensures that Torrelaguna, and specifically the Neighborhood of Caraquiz, was the land of St. Mary of the Head, spouse of San Isidro, the patron saint of Madrid. The Saint lived, married and died there, and his remains rested, until the 16th century that were transferred to Madrid, in the Hermitage of Nuestra Señora de la Piedad, then a call from Santa María de la Cabeza, located close to the Jarama.
Torrelaguna has a large number of outstanding architectural elements, fact that in the year 1976 was declared a Historic - Artistic Monument. Cisneros in person founded a convent of Franciscan, the Hospital of St. Bartholomew and built an aqueduct. The extraordinary Parish Church of Santa Magdalena María is one of the best exponents of the Gothic Madrid. In the centuries XVI and XVII are built numerous manors and palacios emblazoned, Since the town attracted many illustrious as the Bernaldo de Quirós and Mendoza families.Municipality information
Altitude: 744 m
Nº people: 4.724 (data INE 2018)Location