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In my trips towards Toledo I am accustomed to stop to have lunch in Medinaceli.

Medinaceli is a village of 749 inhabitants (in 2007), placed in the province of Soria, in the surface of a highest hill to more than 1200 meters of altitude, which did it an almost impregnable place, until it is occupied by the Romans. It turned into an important Roman city, since it is testified by its famous arch, the remains of the walls and diverse Mosaic, and it was placed in the middle of causeways that were communicating Saragossa with other populations of the peninsular centre, between the Castilian plateaus and the Valley of the Ebro across the Jaln River.
The current toponym, as so many villages of the Spanish geography, is an adjustment of the original Arabic toponym madīnat Sālim: "Salim's city", because of the name of its founder Salim ibn Waramad.
Medinaceli's Roman Arch is opened for the ravines that come up to the Valley of the Jaln River and is a visual reference from the longest distances. It is a magnificent monumental arch of three eyes that has been considered to be an arch of victory, though the last archaeological researches launch the hypothesis of which it is a monumental entry to the Roman city, because it has discovered that the Roman wall was joined to the above mentioned arch.
This one is a photo of this Arch, looking at the valley.
In WS a capture from another angle, with the road of access to this fantastic village.
If some day you pass for this place, I recommend to you a visit.

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En mis viajes hacia Toledo yo acostumbro a parar para comer en Medinaceli.
Medinaceli es un pueblo de 749 habitantes (en 2007), situado en la provincia de Soria, y se asienta en la superficie de un altsimo cerro a ms de 1.200 metros de altitud, lo que hizo de ella un lugar casi inexpugnable, hasta que fue ocupado por los romanos. Se convirti en una importante ciudad romana, como lo atestiguan su famoso arco, los restos de las murallas y diversos mosaicos, y estaba situada en medio de calzadas que comunicaban Zaragoza con otras poblaciones del centro peninsular, entre las mesetas castellanas y el Valle del Ebro a travs del Ro Jaln.
El topnimo actual, como tantos otros de la geografa espaola, es una adaptacin del topnimo original rabe madīnat Sālim: "la ciudad de Salim", a causa del nombre de su fundador Salim ibn Waramad.
El Arco romano de Medinaceli se abre a los barrancos que llegan hasta el Valle del Ro Jaln y es referencia visual desde largusimas distancias. Es un magnfico arco monumental de tres ojos que se ha considerado como arco de triunfo, aunque las ltimas investigaciones arqueolgicas lanzan la hiptesis de que se trate de una entrada monumental a la ciudad romana, puesto que se ha averiguado que la muralla romana estaba unida a dicho arco.
sta es una foto de este Arco, mirando hacia el valle.
En WS una toma desde otro ngulo, con la carretera de acceso a este fantstico pueblo.
Si algn da pasis por este lugar, os recomiendo una visita.

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