Villar de Corneja

Villar de Corneja is a North Spanish municipality ( municipio ) in the province of Ávila in the Autonomous Community of Castile -Leon.


Villar de Corneja lies in a fertile valley floor above the Río Corneja in the Sierra de Gredos nearly 74 km ( driving distance ) southwest of the provincial capital Ávila; the city of Salamanca is almost 80 kilometers in northwestern direction away. The remarkable neighboring Piedrahíta is only about ten kilometers to the east.


In the 19th and in the first half of the 20th century the population was stable over 300 people.


The agriculture, especially livestock, traditionally plays the largest role in the economy of the small mountain community. Revenue from tourism in the form of the rental of apartments ( casas rurales ) have been added in recent decades.


  • The three-nave parish church (Santa Marina) of the village dates from the 17th century; on one of the support beams of the ceiling Artesonado the year 1650 is carved. The straight apse is windowless and operated by a Baroque altarpiece with rotated (, Solomon ') columns from 1704, which was made ​​by the sculptor Manuel González Delgado, who has created several altars in the valley of the Río Corneja. Also on the eastern ends of the two side aisles are carved altars. Strange acts of the bell tower, which was probably stabilized and enlarged in the 19th or early 20th century.
  • On the outskirts of the village itself still has a hardware device (, fitting Bock ' or, Hoofstand ' called ) is retained as it used to be seen in many villages of Europe. Here the horses were fixed before misting with ropes or straps; the hoof care of cows and donkeys sometimes proceeded here. Another frame of this kind has been preserved in the neighboring Malpartida de Corneja.
  • Upstream performs a double-arched medieval bridge ( puente romano ) over the Río Corneja.
  • Downstream there is a web of large stone slabs, which remains to be checked and repaired again after heavy rains with corresponding debris entry.