The Seguntina Medieval Association organizes every year together with other institutions the Medieval Days of Sigüenza. A cultural and historical event that has already been declared of Provincial Tourist Interest. Therefore, you can not miss its next edition.
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When does take place?
These medieval days are practically part of the festive dates of the locality. They are held year after year in July, specifically the first weekend, this year having reached its nineteenth edition. All its inhabitants and many tourists and artistic groups participate in it to make this a special activity.
What do you remember?
This cultural activity is not just a fun entity, it really takes care of recreating and remembering a historical event. The historical event is the exile of Blanca de Borbón. Doña Blanca de Borbón was the wife of King Pedro I of Castile; this king banished his wife and kept her confined in the Castle of Sigüenza for many years.
Because Doña Blanca de Borbón was confined in the Sigüenza Castle, it is logical to think that this is one of the emblematic places of the days. This castle, which still conserves its medieval aspect, gives a perfect atmosphere when combined with the costumes of its inhabitants to give life to this festival.
What can we find in this event?
The whole city of Sigüenza and its inhabitants dress in the best style of the Middle Ages to give life to the medieval days of Sigüenza. The aim is to recreate the 14th century with a series of events and costumes typical of the Middle Ages.
Also, in the framework of the commemoration of the years of prison of Doña Blanca de Borbón a series of theatrical representations of the moment are realized of traditional form. This historical representation is carried out in 3 times, being presented each day in a different day:
- The first day: it consists basically of the presentation of the protagonists of history in the main square. These would be Doña Blanca de Borbón, King Pedro I,
Baron Du Guesclín and Juan de Gane, Enrique de Trastamara, the knight of the hosts of Pedro I and the Black Prince.
- The second day: it shows how was the assault that the faithful knights gave to the queen to try to free her from her prison in the castle.
- And the third day culminates with the theatrical representation of the exile of Doña Blanca de Borbón and the fights to the death that were carried out between the parties of both kings and between the same King Pedro I and Enrique de Trastamara.
In addition to these plays can be found many other artistic performances that brighten up the streets in which the Medieval Days of Sigüenza are held. You can enjoy various workshops with activities very typical of the time, archery, parades of horses and the walk through multiple craft stalls.
A peculiarity of these medieval days is that you can only make purchases and transactions with the maravedí, a coin that was used in medieval times. The purchase of this coin is made in the stalls provided for this.
Two other classic events of the Medieval Days of Sigüenza are the night of witches and concerts. The night of witches is nothing more than a night adorned with a great parade and theatrical representation where witches, elves, skeletons and other inhabitants will walk around the castle and the rest of the city performing various rituals.
The music on the other hand will be present throughout all the days bringing a little more magic to this event. In this year there was in particular a great concert of Folk music that we hope will continue to happen.
Without a doubt these medieval days are a cultural and touristic event worth visiting. So you know, book in your agenda the second weekend of July