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Teruel

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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Teruel stands at the confluence of the Guadalaviar and Alfambra rivers and is Spain's least populated provincial capital. It does, nevertheless, boast a few major assets among its architectural and primarily Mudejar heritage, which also happens to have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although the town has plenty of sites of interest, such as the Renaissance-style Los Arcos aqueduct and the Palace of the Marquis of Tosos, it is primarily known for the Mudejar style that gives it its character. Indeed, you shouldn't miss the Mausoleum of the Lovers of Teruel, a burial monument consisting of various musical, sculptural, pictorial and literary works. All are inspired by a love story told many years ago and discovered on sheets of parchment concerning two lovers separated by their circumstances, both of whom died tragically.
A visit to Santa María Cathedral is another must as it is a very faithful example of the Mudejar art of Spain's cathedrals and has its own unique Roman features, as well as various perfectly well-preserved towers. If you'd like to enjoy a view of the whole town of Teruel, the panoramic views from the Mirador de los Mansuetos are your best bet. Remember, too, that no visit to Teruel is complete without sampling the excellent hams produced here, which are entirely worthy of World Heritage status themselves!

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