Rutas Guiadas por Horcajo de la Sierra

Route 1. Urban route through Horcajo de la Sierra

From here you can begin the urban walk that will let you discover Horcajo de la Sierra going in a south-north direction. The route starts at the lower southern node where the settlement first started, the San Pedro in Cathedra is a church landmark that must be visited, since it is the most notable architectonical sight in the municipality. From there we can meander our way to number 62 of Calle de la Carretera, where we will see “La Casa del Médico”, the old doctor´s house. This street is the continuation of the M-141 road and the main access from the A-1 highway. Walking along the Calle Mayor the visitor can clearly appreciate how the sheep ranching roots and the rugged orography influenced the shape and aspect of the village. The streets are short, narrow and winding. The buildings, which sprouted without formal planning, form a maze that sometimes closes around little unexpected squares and plazas attesting to the picturesquely anarchic construction style.

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The walk begins at the San Pedro in Cathedra church Ver foto del punto 1, the most notable building of the municipality, built in gothic style in the XV century, in drywall and brick and one sole nave and a square tower.

From the lower area of Horcajo de la Sierra, the cradle of the settlement, we begin our walk up the Calle Mayor Ver foto del punto 2. We will find a crossroads after about 37.5 m and we will continue straight ahead Ver foto del punto 3. A little further on, on number 22 of Calle Mayor we can see a clear example of a traditional ranching construction Ver foto del punto 4. On the second crossing we also continue straight ahead on our way Ver foto del punto 5. After 25 meters the Calle Mayor widens. On the right side on the corner with the Madarcos Travesía we can see another ranching construction Ver foto del punto 6. On number 12 of Calle Mayor we find a one spout granite fountain dating back to the 50’s Ver foto del punto 7.

A few steps, on the left the scene opens up to the Plaza de Pedro Uceda, the main square where we will see the Town’s Hall building, a lumber and stone construction recently erected respecting the traditional architecture of the municipality Ver foto del punto 8. Right after the Town Hall building the street parts in two. We will take the left branch, the Travesía Mayor Ver foto del punto 9 to reach the Calle de la Carretera where we will turn right Ver foto del punto 10. On number 40 of Calle de la Carretera we will see the Old Municipal School that has now been converted into rural vacational apartments Ver foto del punto 11. The building, constructed with granite stone during the postwar era is has a rectangular floor plan covered with a hip roof.

We continue our stroll on Calle de la Carretera until reaching another crossroads. Our route will take us straight head, but it is worth to take a little detour to admire the old horse shoeing frame still standing on the right side Ver foto del punto 12. Shoeing frames are part of the urban landscapes of the cattle ranching villages that dot the Sierra Norte of Madrid Ver foto del punto 13. It was designed to immobilize cattle and horses while they were shorn by farriers.

The route ends at “La Casa del Médico”, the old doctor’s house, located on Calle de la Carretera 62 Ver foto del punto 14. This house dates back to 1957 where housing was still built in the traditional architectural style of the area. It has now been converted to rural vacational apartments that keep the flavor of the original building, in two stories with rectangular shape and a dintelled porticoed entrance.

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