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Only by walking, losing oneself among the initiation labyrinths, dreaming with the traces that humanity bas been leaving bebind in these seven enclaves, may the visitor decode tbe Celtic, lberian and Roman origins still written in the plans of each one of these cities, Only in this way will you come to know of their peoples' history and good neighbourliness. The peace of tbe squares, the layout of their streets, will bring to mind the coexistence of races, beliefs and cultures of bygone days, which have left their indelible impression on the present. Jews, Moores and Christians took pride in harmony within these enclosures, and this stamp remains impressed on big rambling houses, courtyards and palaces, walls and towers, churches and markets, fairs and fiestas, the arts of cooking and speaking about being and loving.

Capilla de Mosen Rubí The traveller may, if he so wishes explore the Jewish quarter, almost always located between the Christian Cathedral and the ramparts. They are neighbourhoods with the flavour of bricks, adobe and wood. Toledo was considered to be a second Jerusalem, as is testified by the Tránsito, Santa Maria la Blanca or Sofer synagogues. In Segovia the visitor will be surprised, while walking along the Sol and Luna streets, by tbe constructive and sirnple richness of this people, which has survived tbe pass of the centuries; and upon entering the synagogue, now the Corpus convent, dream that time has stopped in this enclosure. Ávila, Córdoba, Salamanca ,Cuenca and Compostela conserve the signs in the layout or names of some streets: Jerusalem, Judios, Synagogue, Jewish Quarter, the Chapel of Mosen Rubi... In Cáceres the name have been lost but the memory, a certain ethnos and the customs all remain; they are humble dwellins surrounding the hermitage of San Antonio, neighbours of the Roman arch of Christ, the only surviving entrance of that other imperial period. Mezquita de Córdoba

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