Castiliscar

FORTRESS OF THE ORDER OF SAN JUAN

Located on the top of the village, the ‘Castle of Liscar’, a powerful symbol of the Christian Reconquista, welcomes visitors who come to Castiliscar, named after that fortress.

114 kilometres from Zaragoza, very close to the border with Navarra, Castiliscar exhibits its historical past, from the remains of the famous Roman road that linked Caesaraugusta and Pompaelo, to the huge square protected by walls built centuries later. This explains the design of its historical centre which originally was built within those walls, below the castle which sheltered its people and soldiers under the protection of the Order of San Juan, whose influence on this town is highlighted and explained in the modern museum, open to the visitors who wish to discover the local history.

This museum also exhibits one of Castiliscar jewels: a reproduction of the Paleo Christian sarcophagus from the 4th century, as the original serves as an altar in the church of San Juan Bautista, a beautiful temple from the end of the 12th century. The hermitage of Santo Cristo (XIII century) is located very close to this temple, and outside the urban area (8 kilometres away), can be found that of San Román, recovered for the cult a few years ago.

Nowadays, Castiliscar is an example of urban integration, as it has managed to maintain all its historical buildings together with an interesting offer of services like the aforementioned museum, modern and interactive, and its large covered fronton, one of the best of Aragon.

Route 7: Uncastillo-Castiliscar


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