—The Ruta de Fray Leopoldo

 
In Igualeja, where the river Genal rises, we start the Ruta de Fray Leopoldo. Attracted by the magic that involves the life and miracles of this Saint, thousands of travellers from everywhere visit the place where he grew up. Fray Leopoido was born poor and he dedicated his whole life to the unfortunates. His human miracles were not only known in the region but everywhere. The pilgrimage takes us to Pujerra. The image of Saint Antonio of Padua, the patron saint of the viiiage, is sheltered in a small hermitage allocated at the entrance of the village. In Pujerra the vegetation is exuberant almost during the whole year, as well as in Juzcar. Here the houses seem to have been constructed strategically in order to avoid the difficulties of the ground. Juzcar, as welf as the other villages of Alto Genal, live mostly off the chestnut production. In compensation to the agricuitural industry the village built in the 18th century the first tinplate factory in Spain, the San Miguel factory in Ronda. Following Fray Leopoldo's track, we arrive at Farajan, which translated from Arabic means "a pleasant place". Hemingway described the village as a white swan floating in a pond of hope. Until recently, Farajan shared his parish priest with Alpandeire where the saint baby was taken in. His native village buitt up a monument in his honour in the Paraje de Cerrajon. Not far away from it the Church of Alpandeire was raised. Due to its size, it has been classified as the Cathedral of the Serrania. At the end of our journey we arrive at Cartajima, village that in the 19th century gained economic importance thanks to the casting of cannons and artillery with the iron obtained from mines. The inhabitants from the city of Adnipo or Ronda la Vieja probably were roiling in money. Precisely in the depression of Ronda our eyes will be delighted with the view of what used to be an important Roman town, The treasure of these ruins is the magnificient Theatre that is preserved in very good conditions. It represents the status in society that the town enjoyed during that time. A status that was granted little by little to the queen and lady of the serrania: the town of Ronda itself.
 
 


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