Seno, Aragon

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Seno
Skyline of Seno
Official seal of Seno
Seal
Seno, Aragon is located in Spain
Seno, Aragon
Coordinates: 40°49′N 0°20′W / 40.817°N 0.333°W / 40.817; -0.333Coordinates: 40°49′N 0°20′W / 40.817°N 0.333°W / 40.817; -0.333
Country Spain
Autonomous community Aragon
Province Teruel
Comarca Bajo Aragón
Area
 • Total 17.9 km2 (6.9 sq mi)
Elevation 792 m (2,598 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 45
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Seno is a municipality located in the Bajo Aragon area, close to Maestrazgo in province of Teruel, Aragon, Spain, at an altitude of 792 m. According to the 2007 census[1] the municipality has a population of 45 inhabitants.

Seno has an interesting Church (s. XVIII) dedicated to St. Helen, and a fountain with an ermitage devoted to St Valero, where tradition says this bishop passed by when he was thirsty and created this source of water by praying to God and hitting the ground with his staff.

The light of the bell tower of the Church of Seno at dawn

Geography[edit]

The houses in this locality are crowded around the church of Santa Elena (Saint Helena), building of masonry of century XVIII and slender tower Mudejar, constructed by popular subscription. The paintings on the main altar, with the 8 women of the Old Testament and Saint Helena, as well as the dome of the Holy Spirit, damaged during the Spanish Civil War, are noteworthy inside. In the same square of the Church is the town hall, building completed in 1785, with a ratchet in the bottom where the ball-hand sport is practiced.

At a distance from the town, there is the hermitage of San Valero, patron of the town, which was also raised in the 18th century, next to the spring of the same name, which is attributed certain curative properties, and which springs from the ground to the same temperature (15 ° C) throughout the year. The tradition that this bishop of Zaragoza of the s. IV passed the way of his exile by this valley, and when not finding water, it struck with his staff in this point, creating the source to which it gives name to him.

There are in this town several important water springs (up to 12) which also supplies the region, and which make possible the existence of crops and a rich orchard (peaches, almonds, olive trees). In the surrounding mountains there is an abundant colony of birds of prey (griffon vultures), and another of Hispanic goats.

At some distance from the village and to the north, about 300 meters, is the neighborhood of Paris, now almost uninhabited.

History[edit]

The origins of Seno are very remote. The first remains found in the vicinity of the town come from the Neolithic, the Bronze Age or the Iron Age (e.g. the iron ore mine of Valdestrada, s.V. de C.). In its municipal term there are also Iberian remains (e.g. Vallipón, Iberian village destroyed by Roman legions) or of Muslim and Templar fortifications (e.g. near the Fuente del Salz).

The first time that the existence of the locality is documented is in the letter of population of Camarón (1194). During the 12th and 13th centuries it appears in different documents Templar and sanjuanistas like "castellar". Therefore, it is very likely that the first construction located where today is the Villa de Seno was a defense tower, probably Templar, as several existing in the area. Templar signs are present throughout the area, with their symbols, forts, fortifications, hermitages, crosses, etc. Not to forget, in addition, the nearby fortress of Castellote ("Castellot"), site of the Templar encomienda of the area, land ceded to the order of the Temple by King Alfonso II in 1196.

In the S. After several clashes with the nearby town of Castellote, King of Spain Charles II signed a privilege of segregation, although this separation did not take effect until July 23, 1789, when Charles IV definitively separated Castellote giving it the character of "Villa"to the town of Seno.

The parish church, dedicated to Saint Helena, is a magnificent baroque work carried out under the direction of the master of works Juan España, between 1763 and 1771, on the site of the old Church of the Holy Cross (1650). As the inscription on its cover reads, "Charitas me fecit", built by popular subscription. They are remarkable the spectacular paintings of the Presbytery, and the bell, of century XVIII, practically unique in Lower Aragon (the majority were broken during the Civil War by the anarchist columns).

During the Spanish civil war (1936-39), Seno was not bombed, unlike the majority of populations of the zone, reason why its population did not suffer directly the rigors of the war. The Church was converted into a store of the collectivity by the antifascist committee and much of its contents burned, saving, as has been said, the main bell of the tower. In 1938 a republican redoubt was established in the "cabezo" on the town to more than 1,000 msnm of altitude, in which numerous trenches and fortifications were constructed. On March 25 of this year, in the context of the third phase of the Battle of Aragon in which Franco divided Republican Spain into two with his troops reaching Vinaròs, the 83 division commanded by General Martín Alonso occupied the town of Seno, definitively expelling to the government troops of his redoubt in the mountain.

Hermitage of San Valero in Seno (Teruel)
Mountain formation called "The ghosts", in Seno (Teruel)

On February 1, 2009, Seno received the visit of the Bishop of the Diocese of Teruel and Albarracín, for the blessing of the restored Parish Church of Santa Elena, carried out thanks to the donations of the faithful of Seno, the General Council Of Aragon and the Town Hall of the Villa de Seno.

In 2016 opened the new bar "El Horno", receiving for this the visit of politicians and media. That same year the night illumination of the tower of the Church was also inaugurated.

Festivities and events[edit]

The patron saint festivities are celebrated in honor of St. Valero (January 29th), patron of Seno, the last weekend of January, and in honor of St. Helena, to whom the parish church is dedicated, and San Roque, 14th, August 15th and 16th.

During the year, the "Senerico Sports Club" organizes two events in which the whole town participates:

  • The BTT Senerica, a classic already on the calendar, with two routes (short, long), both hard and demanding. At the end of July.
  • The hiker route, in early October, with two routes also (short and long), which ends with a meal of brotherhood.

Demography[edit]

In a century, it has lost almost 90% of its population, according to the INE (Spain Institute of Statistics). The evolution of the population can be seen in the following table, which shows the enormous impact of emigration to industrial zones (Zaragoza, Valencia and Barcelona) in the 1960s and 1970s:

Evolution of inhabitants in Seno
1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1981 1991 2007 2014 2015
351 422 332 332 291 231 195 105 61 48 45 42 43
Source: Spain Statistics Institute -IN- (Spain)

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