14 Facts About Soria


Soria is a municipality and a Spanish city, located on the Douro river in the east of the autonomous community of Castile and Leon and capital of the province of Soria.

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In Soria, the deposed king James IV of Mallorca died, and John I of Castile married.

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Booming during the Late Middle Ages thanks to its border location and its control over the cattle industry, Soria went into a slow decline over the next few centuries.

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Soria was mentioned by UNESCO as a good example when including the Mediterranean diet in its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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In 869 Soria was the centre of the rebellion of Suleyman ibn-Abus against the emir of Cordoba, who sent his son Hakan to quench it.

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Soria lost most of its importance after the unification of Aragon and Castile in 1479, and above all after the decree of exile issued against the Jews in 1492.

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Poet Antonio Machado spent five years in Soria teaching French in a secondary school, before moving to the neighbouring town of Segovia.

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Soria married and lost his wife there and discovered much about the nature of the Castilian people – a subject the Generation of '98 authors were very interested in.

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Campos de Soria was a series of poems lamenting his wife's early death.

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The province of Soria has a Minor Basilica, the Marian Basilica de Nuestra Senora de los Milagros, in Agreda.

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In Soria is the Museo Numantino, devoted to the archaeological remains of this and other sites in the province.

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Soria sits on the banks of Douro river, in its upper course.

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The area in which they trained, Monte Valonsadero, is host to the annual Cross Internacional de Soria meeting – one of Spain's most prestigious cross country running competitions.

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Soria has a biomass district heating plant called Red de Calor de Soria, which uses woodchip residue fuel from the local timber industry.

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