Castrillo Mota de Judíos
|Castrillo Mota de Judíos|
|Municipality and town|
View of the town in 2010
|Autonomous community||Castile and León|
|• Total||22.051 km2 (8.514 sq mi)|
|Elevation||791 m (2,595 ft)|
|• Density||2.9/km2 (7.5/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
The town was originally named Castrillo Motajudíos ("Hill of Jews Camp") in 1035 when Jews fleeing from a nearby pogrom settled there; it was changed to Castrillo Matajudíos ("Jew-killer Camp") in 1627 during a period of religious persecution of non-Christians in Spain (the Jews had been expelled from Spain in 1492). In June 2015 the name was changed back to Castrillo Mota de Judíos following a campaign led by mayor Lorenzo Rodríguez leading to a vote among the villagers in May 2014.
Castrillo Mota de Judíos is twinned with:
- Saint James the Moor-slayer, or Santiago Matamoros, the subject of the Way of St. James legend in Northern Spain
- La Mort aux Juifs, French town whose name translates to "Death to Jews"
- "Spanish town of Matajudíos considering changing its name to anything but 'Jew Killer'" (The Huffington Post)
- Google. "Castrillo Matajudíos" (Map). Google Maps. Google.
- The Guardian newspaper: Spanish village drops 'kill Jews' name, 22 June 2015
- "Spain's 'Kill Jews Fort' villagers vote in favor of name change" (Reuters)
- (Spanish) celebration of the fifth centenary of the birth of Antonio de Cabezón (municipal website)
- Saint-Jacques... La Mecque at the Internet Movie Database