Zamora is the city with the most Romanesque churches in all of Europe. The most important celebration in Zamora is the Holy Week. During Roman rule it was in the hands of the Vaccaei , and was incorporated into the Roman province of Hispania Tarraconensis. Two coins from the reign of the Visigothic king Sisebuto , show that it was known at the time as "Semure". During the period of Moorish rule the settlement became known by the names of "Semurah" or "Azemur".
After the establishment of the Christian Kingdom of Asturias , the settlement became a strategic frontier post and was the scene of many fierce military engagements between the Muslims and Christians. Control of the town shifted between the two sides a number of times from the early 8th century to the late 10th century.
During this period it became heavily fortified. The most notable historic episode in Zamora was the assassination outside the city walls of the king Sancho II of Castile in All three sons warred among themselves, till the ultimate winner, Sancho, was left victorious. Zamora, under his sister who was allied with Leonese nobles, resisted. King Sancho II was murdered by a duplicitous noble of Zamora, Bellido Dolfos , who tricked the king into a private meeting.
Zamora was also the scene of fierce fighting in the 15th century, during the conflict between the supporters of Isabella the Catholic and Juana la Beltraneja. It is the Spanish equivalent of the English proverb "Rome wasn't built in a day.
As a result, the city preserves many churches and buildings from that time. In the s and s it was ruled by Prince Ponce Giraldo de Cabrera , who has a street named after him in the city today. In the next centuries, the city lost its political and economic relevance and suffered emigration, especially to South America where many other cities called Zamora were founded. Henry IV granted Zamora the epithet of "most noble and most loyal city".
During the Spanish Civil War , Zamora was from the start of the military rebellion a nationalist held city. Zamora has a cold semi-arid climate Köppen: It is filled with incomparably beautiful spots and narrow side streets that you will want to explore every inch of. The different folds and veins of the salt deposit and the wide variety of minerals contribute to the spectacular nature of this site, making it unique in the world.
You will love it. The Parador de Cardona is the ideal setting-off point for hiking or bicycle trails , including Los Molinos de la Sal The Salt Mills , which runs past three old stone mills beside the Cardener River. At the Parador de Cardona, we offer you a one-of-a-kind experience: If you visit us, you are sure to return. Stayed for four nights in the Montserrat Suite. Amazing Parador, very good restaurant and great staff.
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