San Pedro Manrique

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San Pedro Manrique
Official seal of San Pedro Manrique
San Pedro Manrique is located in Spain
San Pedro Manrique
San Pedro Manrique
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 42°1′N 2°13′W / 42.017°N 2.217°W / 42.017; -2.217
Autonomous communityCastile and León
ComarcaTierras Altas
 • MayorCarlos Martínez Izquierdo
 • Total176.20 km2 (68.03 sq mi)
1,177 m (3,862 ft)
 • Total602
 • Density3.4/km2 (8.8/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
WebsiteOfficial website

San Pedro Manrique is a municipality located in the province of Soria, Castile and León, Spain. As of 2009, it had 626 inhabitants. Since mid-nineteenth century this municipality has aggregated smaller villages.

Paso del Fuego en San Pedro Manrique
Mondidas de San Pedro Manrique
Recinto donde se realiza el paso del fuego.

There is a deposit of lead in the municipality.[1]




To the French revolution the town was a constitutional municipality in the region of Castilla la Vieja, Soria.[2] in the census of 1842 counted on 138 homes and 550 neighbors.

In the 19th century[3] the municipality incorporated

  • Acrijos,
  • Armejún,
  • Buimanco,
  • Fuentebella,
  • Peñazcurna and
  • Valdemoro de San Pedro Manrique and
  • Villarijo.

At the end of the 20th Century the municipality incorporated[4]

  • Matasejún with Valdelavilla.
  • Sarnago with Valdenegrillos and The Vallejo.
  • Taniñe, with the sources of San Pedro.
  • Ventosa de San Pedro, with Palacios.

A January 1, 2010 the population was 639 inhabitants, 359 men and 280 women.[5]


The town is known for the Spicy sausage produced in San Pedro Manrique. The area is mainly reliant on livestock, agriculture, food industry (chacinera), hospitality, forestry and local services.


It is known for its unique celebration of San Juan. At parties, some women called "Móndidas" dressed in traditional costume wearing huge "cestaños" (a kind of basket filling stones for stability, and containing a roulade and several rolls), decorated with flowers and three "arbujuelos" (tree branches covered with unleavened bread colored with saffron). On the night of San Juan, known as the Paso del Fuego a bonfire next to the shrine of the Virgen de la Peña is lite and when it has burnt to embers, the natives remove their shoes and their feet tread the lighted embers. It is very possible that these parties are residue of a pagan pre-Christian holiday, and the name of móndida, come from Maenad. The event is classified as a place of ethnological interest by the Castile and Leon government.

In 2011, a scientific study of Paso Fire sparked global interest. In this study, the scientists showed an effect of the passage of fire to synchronize the heartbeat of practitioners and spectators.[6][7]

Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña.


  • Shrine of the Virgin de la Peña, (pictured)
  • Romanesque church of San Miguel with statues of the Apostles


  1. ^ Termalismo antiguo. Madrid: Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, 1997, p. 269.
  2. ^ Municipio Código INE -42. p165.
  3. ^ Entre el Censo de 1970 y el anterior
  4. ^ Entre el Censo de 1981 y el anterior
  5. ^
  6. ^ Konvalinka, I., Xygalatas, D., Bulbulia, J., Schjoedt, U., Jegindø, E-M., Wallot, S., Van Orden, G. & Roepstorff, A. 2011. "Synchronized arousal between performers and related spectators in a fire-walking ritual", ‘’Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108’’(20): p8514-8519.
  7. ^ Xygalatas, D., Konvalinka, I., Roepstorff, A., & Bulbulia, J. 2011"Quantifying collective effervescence: Heart-rate dynamics at a fire-walking ritual",Communicative & Integrative Biology 4(6): p735-738.

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