The unknown Soria: Tera, a balcony to mystery

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Panoramic of the river TeraPanoramic of the river Tera

There is a part of Soria that, far from the infinite moorlands that characterize, for example, the vast expanses of the cigars in the fields of Almazán and Gómara, points towards that land of wines, pontiffs and miracles, which is La Rioja.

Persistent mistsPersistent mists

An area, where the villages barely reach, even exaggerating, the hundred inhabitants and whose loneliness, as the French poet, Paul Verlaine, would say, pierces the heart with their monotonous languor.

Paths escorted by poplars and oaksPaths escorted by poplars and oaks

A land, however, where in the shade of some poplars, whose leaves are transmuted every autumn into happy and golden paper airplanes that the wind makes to land on roads where virgin land still prevails, it does not lack, however, stories turned into legends and mysteries still unsolved.

A street in TeraA street in Tera

In this sense, it is not surprising that in Tera prevail, above many others, those impressive myths that speak of the terrifying giants that were once the masters and lords of the region.

Houses with traditionHouses with tradition

And it is not, because if we are to be objective, we would have to admit the veracity of those ancestral myths and give them all the credit in the world, if we take into account that from this land through which today the traveler continues his journey with hardly any stop, come many of the remains of the great dinosaurs, whose terrifying fossilized bones are proudly exhibited in the Numantino Museum, located in the capital Soria.

Old palace converted into a bar-restaurantOld palace converted into a bar-restaurant

But in Tera there are also other mysteries, distant in time but untouched for a History that tiptoes through them having lost track of some missing stones, which are barely mentioned in old medieval manuscripts.

Another fruit of the region: the chestnutAnother fruit of the region: the chestnut

The most relevant of them is the one that refers to one of the most important medieval monasteries, built in a Spain that was risking its future as a nation in the fight against the Muslim invader: the Benedictine monastery of Santa María de Tera.

Houses with medieval flavorHouses with medieval flavor

No historian knows exactly where it was, but paradoxically, no one doubts its existence, since it is enough only to take a look at the old houses of the town, to see part of its immemorial remains used as filling material in walls to which the lime makes bones white as earth.

On the façade, you can see, next to the windows, remains of the old monastery of Santa María de TeraOn the façade, you can see, next to the windows, remains of the old monastery of Santa María de Tera

Nor do they doubt that in the area, apart from the terrible saurians of Prehistory, there was also an important activity of the cultures of a period, the Neolithic, part of whose dolmens and menhirs can be seen, also as filling in the interior of a church that, although very reformed today, still preserves a good part of its primitive Romanesque essence.

Altarpiece from the 15th century, belonging to the Spanish School or the Burgos SchoolAltarpiece from the 15th century, belonging to the Spanish School or the Burgos School

A church, which still preserves, in the carvings of its capitals and corbels, archetypes and reviews of a time when stone was the quintessential books of a people, clearly illiterate, which nonetheless kept alive the intuition towards the symbol and its references, becoming a reader of impressions that directed their attention towards socio-political interests marked by one of the factual powers of the time: Holy Mother Church.

Interior of the Romanesque church of TeraInterior of the Romanesque church of Tera

But in addition, Tera, with her melancholic monotony, is also the head of the county of a region, called del Valle, which is characterized not only by the quality of its cattle, mainly beef, but also for being the first producer of a traditional product to lick fingers: the famous sweet butter from Soria.

On the wall, an ancient menhir used as a filling materialOn the wall, an ancient menhir used as a filling material

There, where the fog always tends to always give its roads and highways an aspect of unreal surrealism, Tera, located in the vicinity of the mediatic Sierra de Cebollera (Onion's Mountain range), also looks towards the infinite deserts of some mountain ranges, the little-known Soria Highlands, but nonetheless rich in attractions, history and traditions.

Romanesque baptismal font from the 12th centuryRomanesque baptismal font from the 12th century

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Another street with a flavor of antiquity and traditionAnother street with a flavor of antiquity and tradition
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Esta fotografía es genial


Es una broma ja,ja,ja, esta si es


mis amigos dicen que tengo un humor negro ja,ja,ja, pero siempre se ríen de mis chistes , bueno y yo también , hay que sonreír para vivir mejor .

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Blanco o negro, la cuestión es tener siempre sentido del humor. Además, los médicos lo recomiendan, afirmando que las endorfinas se disparan, que los días parecen más soleados, que las canas tardan más en salir y que esa cosa tan fea que es la pitopausia llega más tarde. Un abrazo

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Thank-you very much