Villarejo de Montalbán

It is located about 70 kilometers west of Toledo, reaching him by the CM-401 address Navahermosa, connect with the CM-4009 to San Martin de Montalban, taking at this point the road Villarejo, TO-7428-V.

We are in a small village in the valley of the river Cedena on the left bank of the Tajo River. Cedena river valley has a set of features that make it unique: farmland, a variety of natural and landscape (meadows, crags, oak.) Ecosystems, a rich history in the milling industry and archaeological heritage associated with the river.

The village's history goes back many years. Found scattered around the valley lot of lithic industry, quartzite stones made by Palaeolithic settlements. Leaving prehistory and already in the Neolithic musterienses found some pieces, which we implied that trade in these lands was common, and the people who inhabited it were farmers and pastoralists.

In more modern times there funerary remains of pre-Romanesque villages, granite slabs sufficient size and anthropomorphic tombs carved in the rock.

Already by the third century the Romanization was seated in the center of the peninsula and thanks to the topography of the valley, the Roman bridge was built as it passes through the river Cedena. In those times we inherited the name "Villar" although the Roman villa consisted largely of a Roman farm.

Moving forward in time and already in the Middle Ages, Villarejo was part of the land of the Lord of Montalban.
From the fifteenth century, thanks to water resources, began to form along the river the milling industry, which gave out a large crop of cereals with crops that gradually were built.

In the sixteenth century, and since the population was beginning to be established church was built in honor of Virgen de la Paz.

Arriving as early twentieth century industrialization of farm work with agricultural machinery, he involved the depopulation of many people and only the wealthiest could keep growing.
Late in the war, misery and hunger was installed and with it came the destruction of much of the history of Villarejo. The postwar years passed and many of the people who went to the capital in search of work were returning to the village.
As a curiosity, to say that in this small town lived for some time as a child Don Juan de Austria, natural brother of Felipe II, winner of the Battle of Lepanto, known as "Jeromín".
Few architectural remains found in the town, but of great historical and constructive value.

Cedena river on two bridges, one Roman, two arches, one larger than the other, with factory ashlar masonry arches and the rest are preserved and called Puente Campanero , made of masonry brick, brick recently restored trying to play the constructive materials preserved. This bridge could be on Roman remains medieval.

Next to this bridge a water mill known by the name Campanero preserved and dates from the seventeenth century. He is currently in very poor condition leaving only standing Bending.

The municipality must mention the Church Nuestra Señora de la Paz, built in the sixteenth century, which must highlight the wood paneling with suspenders view resting on corbels pairs covering the nave and tower-style Herrera.

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Data of interest of Villarejo de Montalbán

Holidays at Villarejo de Montalbán

  • "Nuestra Señora de la Paz" (January 24)
  • "San Ramón Nonato" (last Saturday of August)
  • Paellada (April 11l)

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