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Ruta de las Cárceles – The Prisoners’ Route

As part of Historical Bajo Aragon, several locations in Mezquín-Matarraña have launched an interesting cultural tourism project based on the recovery and recognition of some of the most important prisons of the Ancient Regime. The outbuildings have been active in many ways since the 15th century almost to nowadays; -some of them were even used after the postwar period by the early 40s-. Moreover, they have still intact elements like the bars, iron fittings and shackles, even small doors and thick stone walls.As you may see during your visit, they all are a different kind of prisons –from sinister prisons with the appearance of a well inRáfales or Fresneda– to those with various cells, where you can even go into the warden’s place, as in Torre del Compte or Monrroyo.

In the majority of prisons, numerous “graffiti” from different terms of imprisonment are preserved-drawings and short texts made by own prisoners as a real countdown- . Some of them have an undeniable historical and even artistic value, especially those in the prisons in Mazaleón and La Fresneda.

 

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