OUR EMPTY SPAIN
About six kilometers from Daroca, Manchones is nestled in a beautiful place of enormous interest next to the Jiloca River. It has ancient vestiges, a Celtiberian site called Valdeager located on the top of a flat hill, with similar characteristics to others in the environment.
The parish church dedicated to the Conversion of San Pablo, located in the center of town, stands out for its restored three-section tower at the foot of the building topped with a pyramid capital. Built in a brick and mud factory, it houses a Gothic chalice and an interesting 15th century wood carving that represents Christ crucified.
The baroque hermitage of the Virgen del Pilar, from the end of the 18th century, as well as the hermitage of San Roque, the town hall and the peirones of San Pablo, San Vicente and San Gregorio stand out.
Regarding the architecture of the water, the main channel runs through the Monteagudo canal, on the right bank of the Jiloca.
As architectural elements we will highlight an Aqueduct on the railway line, the flour mill and two fountains, one of them of a monumental type, built in the 18th century in ashlar stone.
WHAT TO DO, WHAT TO SEE
Rio Jiloca between Manchones and Murero. It crosses a narrow valley with crops and fruit trees, between slopes ranging from 700 to 900 meters, populated by reforested pine forests and holm oaks. There are magnificent riparian groves, made up of poplars, elms, ash trees, willows and thick brambles, as well as sargales and junqueras in the areas furthest from the riverbed.
In this town there are two stone fountains framed by pilasters and with a split pediment, in a classicist style. In one of them a date can be seen, dating it to the second decade of the seventeenth century.
It presents the pipes embedded in a small temple with two pilasters on which there is an entablature topped by a triangular split pediment, topped with a pyramid. Adjoining the watering hole and the laundry room.
The fountain pipes are framed in a small temple with two pilasters on which an entablature is located topped by a triangular split pediment. As a finishing touch there is a pyramidon on a curved base of carved ashlar. In it you can see the inscription from the year 162 *, possibly 1622.
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