Teruel. Shelter for lovers. By Brenda Pérez
BY Brenda Pérez
Journalism Student, Universidad San Jorge in Zaragoza, Spain
Erasmus Plus student at the School of Journalism & Mass Media Studies, Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Winter semester 2016-17
The article was written and published in terms of the course “Writing Personal Columns in Newspapers, Magazines & Blogs”, Erasmus Plus Programme of Aristotle University Thessaloniki.
Legend says that in the 13th century, Diego de Marcilla couldn’t bear that his beloved Isabel de Segura married in his absence and denied him a kiss when he returned from the war. He repeated to her again and again: ‘Kiss me or I will die… Kiss me or I will die…’ but she, though she wanted to give a kiss to him, refused. Then, Diego fell dead of love. Isabel couldn’t bear the sorrow and decided to go and see him before he was buried at the Church of San Pedro. Arriving on that day, she walked directly to where he lay, caressed his face and kissed him so hard that she died of love there, too.
This is the story of lovers of Teruel, who are still buried with their hands intertwined in the Mausoleo de los Amantes and it makes this city a perfect destination for lovers all over the world. In fact, in view of the near future, it is sought that Chinese couples can travel to the city to get married, dressed in medieval clothes, during the festivity of this romance’s recreation which takes place every February. At that time, everyone wishes that love triumphs.
The four days that it lasts, the city is dressed like in medieval times and its streets overflow with joy. The spirit of the 13th century takes over the alleys of the historic center with flea markets, jugglers, dances, medieval tournaments with the presence of the king and the knights on their horses and, of course, with the famous Amantes de Teruel representation interpreted by two local people. The traveler moves centuries ago, appreciates the Mudejar constructions like the towers or the cathedral and is immersed in that great "theater" where all the inhabitants participate dressed in the medieval costumes which they have been sewing for months. No spectator will be able to avoid getting excited by the refusal of a kiss which has been awaited all life!