History - continued...
The powerful tribe Banu Asquilaula occupied the village in the 900s and there were some 86 families living here.
In Calle del Perdon there is said to be a kitchen where a stone was enscribed in memory of the poet Samuel who died there on 23rd November, 958. Although we are not sure if he actually died in the kitchen.
In the same street some thirty Moorish families were baptised after the surrender to the Christians. The name Calle del Perdon means 'Street of Forgiveness' and the act, which was significant, far-reaching and symbolic, has since been remembered by thirty tolls of the church bell after the three main ones for High Mass on Sundays and on festival days.
The Mozarabs (Christians who converted to Islam)
Were known to have lived in the village in the 11th century and in 1278 the North African Marini tribe, Abu Yusuf was recorded here.
There are at least three streets with original Arab arches, two in the village centre and one adjoining the public fountain in the Barrio Alto, although the wooden gates to protect villagers from attack are long gone.