Langa de Duero

Langa de Duero is a small community in northern Spain ( municipio ) with 801 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2013) in the province of Soria in the autonomous community of Castile -Leon. The place is as a cultural ( Bien de Interès Cultural ) recognized in the category Conjunto histórico - artístico.


Langa de Duero is located on the north bank of the River Duero in about 850 meters above sea level. inst about 30 km ( driving distance ) southeast of Aranda de Duero; the picturesque neighboring communities Penaranda de Duero and Coruña del Conde are located about 17 kilometers north. The cities of San Esteban de Gormaz, Burgo de Osma and Berlanga de Duero lie to the east; the provincial capital Soria is located about 90 kilometers north-east.


The significant increase in population between 1960 and 1970 is due to the incorporation of the villages Alcozar, Bocigas de Perales, Valdanzo, Zayas de Torre and Valdanzuelo.


Due to the altitude, the barren and rocky soils and low rainfall, the agronomic yields are low. The place belongs to the wine region of Ribera del Duero. Due to the mechanization of agriculture, the population of the town has declined significantly in the second half of the 20th century.


Even from ancient authors such as Strabo, Apianus, Pliny and Diodorus Siculus is a place called Segontio Lanka or Lagni mentioned, where it could act but also to the nearby Berlanga de Duero. Celtiberian, Romans and Visigoths were to leave here but without a clear trace. In the Islamic era the area was depopulated and was repopulated in the 11th and 12th century immigrants from the Christian north, but also from the south of Spain ( repoblación ). In the 18th century it is transferred to the Count of Miranda


  • The mighty donjon ( torre de homenaje ) of the medieval castle overlooks the town - it is about 20 meters high, the page length is about 12 meters with a wall thickness of about two meters. The entrance was about 2.50 meters in height and was accessible only by a ladder that could be collected in the defense case.
  • The San Miguel Arcángel church is a quite impressive nave building from the 15th century, from which, however, only the apse is obtained via the - as part of a restructuring in the 17th century - a bell gable ( espadaña ) was set up. The former west side has been completely renovated and now forms the chancel of the church.
  • A zwölfbogige - repeatedly renewed - medieval bridge ( puente medieval ) leads over the Duero.
  • The Iglesia de San Pedro is a rural Romanesque village church with a decoratively designed portal with Flechtbandornamentik, frieze blocks etc.
  • Near the small village is a partially ruined hermitage ( ermita ). Some Romanesque Konsolfiguren and capitals of the apse still remain.
  • The protected by a porch south porch of the church is well preserved. It is an unadorned Archivolts style portal of Cistercian Romanesque.