Robledillo de Gata Historical Site

Architectural harmony

Robledillo de Gata is a municipality in the county of Sierra de Gata. Its historic centre forms one of the best examples of traditional and domestic architecture preserved in the province of Cáceres.

Walking its streets takes you back to ancient ways of life. The houses are full of charm. Some walls are made from adobe, while others are very small stonework, with slate stones in the corners. Both forms are alternated with timber framing.

The eaves, also made of wood, are usually very pronounced, so in the narrower streets they touch those of the opposite façade, forming passageways. The houses have rows of balconies and drying places with balusters and wooden structures, in some cases supported on large wooden beams.

The façades usually have only have a few small openings, with lintelled doorways and steps leading up to the house.

Rooms for agricultural use are found on the same premises, occupying the ground floor. The home begins on the first floor, where the main room is the kitchen, with the other rooms distributed around it.

The top floor is occupied by the attic and balconies. The roofs are gabled, quite pronounced and covered with Arabic tiles.

Robledillo’s religious architecture is dominated by the parish church, dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and dating from the 16th century. It has a rectangular floorplan and one nave divided into four sections. The sacristy is covered by a beautiful Mudéjar coffered ceiling, possibly one of the most valuable treasures of this rural church.

Besides this church, Robledillo is also home to three hermitages: El Cordero, El Humilladero – both from the 16th century – and the hermitage dedicated to Saint Michael, built in slate stonework and plastered.

The town was declared a Historical Site in 1994.

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