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Hello friends and colleagues, today I offer this facade characteristics of this villa. I hope you like it, then some letters about the villa.

Sanabria appears documented in one of the minutes of the council of Lugo of 509, although as few authors indicate, it could be a reference to the totality of the sanabresa region and not to the present locality of Puebla. Sanabria is again documented in the s. VII, this time like parish Sueva and Visigothic mint under the name of "Senapria".
It is in the s. X when it confirms the existence of an "Urbs Senabrie" as a territorial reference, according to indicate the first diplomas of the monastery of San Martn de Castaeda. Historians have speculated on the possible existence of some type of fortification in the town, promoted by the Leonese kings in their advance towards the south, a fact that could not be supported by the existing documentation nor by the archaeological vestiges found.
The consolidation of this urban nucleus as head of the whole Sanabrese region was to take place from the reign of Alfonso VII de Len (1126 to 1157). In 1132 the town already had a castle, as documented through its lieutenants: Count Ponce Fernandizi (1132) and later his brother Xemeno Fernandizi, Roderico Petri lord of "Senabria et de Carvaleda" (1150), from 1158 to 1161 Ponce de Cabrera and Rodrigo Prez de Sanabria, Fernando Ponce (1164), in 1171 "Senante Senabrie committee Poncius et comitissa Maria Fernandez" and Fernandus Aldefonsus (1188).

Alfonso IX of Leon organized in 1195 the political, economic, legal and military functions of Puebla de Sanabria, making it one of the Leon bastions of the border with Portugal. In addition, on September 1, 1220, he converted this town into one of its villages, granting him a town card, inspired by the Fuero de Benavente, rebuilding and improving its castle and its walled defenses. It is therefore from this time the innovative plant of the castle of Puebla de Sanabria, with its quadrangular form, but finished in its angles by circular cubes, something practically unusual until the Late Middle Ages. The impulse given to the town by this monarch made that Puebla de Sanabria was acquiring throughout the s. XII a remarkable economic, political and military relevance, which will be maintained later, as shown by the confirmation and partial modification of his charter by King Alfonso X "the Wise" (Seville, May 19, 1273).

During the s. XIV, the villa was owned by Juan Alfonso de Albuquerque, Count Fernando de Castro or Alvar Vzquez de Losada, among other personalities of the time. Alvar Vzquez, from the local noble family of the Losada, received this village, his alfoz and Carballeda in a donation made by Juan I and received in the regime of mayorazgo. In 1451 half of the town and all its land is sold by Dona Mayor de Porras to Alonso de Pimentel, third Count of Benavente. This fact also entailed that the said Count took possession of his castle. In the middle of the s. XV, after extinguishing the two main lines of the Losada family (only the branch of the lords of Rionegro subsisted), the Pimentel acquired by royal donation the other half of Puebla. Years later, the Catholic Kings returned to the Losada their half of the town, reason why Rodrigo Alonso de Pimentel had to exchange this property to Dona Leonor de Melgar, widow of Don Diego de Losada, by the property that had in Montamarta ( 1489). From this moment, the political and social life of the town and its alfoz were directed by the Counts of Benavente, who put and removed from their position different mayors, as they could be Pedro de Montemoln (1474) or Pedro de Sosa (between 1490 And 1492).

During Century XVII underwent the War of Separation of Portugal to be nailed in front of battle. Similarly, during the War of Succession in Spain between the supporters of Felipe de Anjou and the Archduke Carlos, the town was occupied by Portuguese troops, being recovered by the Hispanic Monarchy on December 24, 1715, as agreed in the Peace of Utrecht.
Source: Wikipedia.

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Exposure Time: 10/1000 sec
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ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 18 mm
Date Taken: 2013-09-14 12:31
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