While there may be no shortage of aqueducts in Spain, the 14th Century aqueduct in Morella are in excellent condition and give an impressive example of the gothic construction spanning the rugged mountains. They are open to the public at all times since they are on public property.
Water was brought from the sources of Vinatxos and the Aljub towards the Font Vella of Morella.
First let me tell those English speakers out there, that I confirmed twice that the name is correct. It is Dance of 'the' Death.
Inside the walls of the 14th century Gothic style Convento de San Francisco are some limited artistic works from that date since the interior was revamped to the Neoclassic in 1800.
But one of the surviving paintings is the 15th century Danza de la Muerte (Dance of the Death). Its circle of participants connect the people of the day, the clergy, the aristocrats, the Jews, the farmers, the low people (even the prostitutes) around the death.
If your legs are in good shape, you may be ready to climb the hill to the castle. Seen from the opening photo on my Morella homepage, the castle sits poignantly on the top of the hill, in the center of the old Citadel.
However, if that does not give it justice, maybe this photo gives you perspective. The castle, built by the Arabs during the Moorish occupation, is being viewed through the (non-existant) roof of the old buildings at its feet.
The castle may be small, but it is nonetheless a castle in good condition, on an impressive hill. Once inside, you can see the upper ramparts, the Governor's Palace, the old prison (used in the Middle Ages) and the towers among other things.
A Parador Hotel is now being constructed within the lower West corner of the castle grounds.
Entrance is 2Eur adults, 1.5Eur reduced/child/student.
Built in the 13th and 14th centuries, this impressive (yet modest) church on the hills of the tiny town of Morella is worth a visit.
Inside the church, with the other examples of the gotico style architecture is a unique spiral stair case. All sources I've read say it is the only one in Spain. Its reliefs depict various time periods in the life of Christ.
morella is a beautiful medieval fortified town high in the mountains near the valencia-aragon boarder. morella was built by the knights templar in the 13th century. this area was also home to the knights of montesa.
Morella is totally circundated by Medieval walls. They have arrived to our days in a surprinsingly good condition. Up to seven perfectly preserved gates (Saint Michael, Saint Mathew, Forcall, King's, Studies, Morella and the Ice-storage), several turrets and spectacular views of the surroundings are what you can expect to see by walking over or around the town's walls.
some general infos about the church:
The basilica of Santa Maria La Mayor is considered one of the finest examples of Catalan Gothic church architecture, and features a stunning valued choir and carved stairway. Interestingly the construction of the choir, which is supported on four heavy pillars, employs bands of lead, 400 years before reinforced concrete was invented. The basilica has three naves and is without a transept or a cupola. It was the scene of a famous meeting in 1414 between king Fernando I, Saint Vincente Ferrer and the black pope Papa Luna to try and resolve the issue of the papacy.
The 'Iglesia Arciprestal de Santa María la Mayor' is the main building of religious architecture. It was built during the 13th and 14th centuries and it is a true jewel of Gothic architecture. We have mention here the gates of 'Los Apóstoles' and 'Las Vírgenes ',the choir (15th c.), which is isolated and in elevation (one of the few exemples in the world), the main altar of Barroque styl, the stained glass windows (14th c.) an the majestic organ by Torrull (18th c.). This building also has an important archiprestal museum and an archive in which you can find interesting paintings, sculptures, gold and silver articles, vestments and silk
Located in an strategical situation on the very vertex where the Kingdoms of Valencia, Catalonia and Aragon come together. The geological carachteristics of the castle of Morella had enhanced a great history of power and aspiration. Iberians, romans, muslims and christians transformed and destroyed, once and again, the castle, palaces and city walls. On the photo you see a part of the castle up the hill behind the church
pictured is the beautiful door of the church of la jana. a worth while place to check out on the road to morella.
la jana is a tiny village on hwy N232 on the way to morella. pictured is a church in the village of la jana.
on the road to morella you will pass two beautiful tiny villages. pictured is a church in the village of la vallivan. worth pulling off the road for a quick walk around.
on route N232 you pass through some beautiful mountain country side. pictured is a vista on the road to morella.
The Basilique's main facade has two crumbling yet impressive Gothic portals: the Portal of the Apostles and the Portal of the Virgins. Both are pictured here.
On the feet of the castle, this spectacular Gothic basilique was built during the XIII and XIV centuries.