The Sasamón Village

The name of Sasamón comes from Segisamon, the name the village had before the Roman Empire.

Romans occupied Sasamón as a part of their strategy in the war against the Cantabrians, between the years 29 to 19 BC. Sasamón was an important crossroads at that time. Even the emperor Augusto camped in these lands.

In the eleventh century, King Sancho II established a bishopric that lasted till the beginning of the twelfth century, when King Alfonso VII gave the church of Sasamon to the bishop of Burgos.

The same king, Alfonso VII, donated the royal tributes to the village so as to build a new collegiate church with the name of Santa María La Real. From that moment until the eighteenth century, the village achieved a significant economic growth.

Apart from the church, we can discover several ancestral houses in the village. Some of them have coats of arms of families such as Villegas, Osorio, Báscones or Valtierra.

Besides, some traditional houses can be seen in the narrow streets of this medieval village. The hermitage of San Isidro and its spectacular stone cross of the sixteenth century is situated on the outskirts of Sasamón.

Part of the city walls, a door and three roman bridges are still standing.

The Sasamón Municipality

Surrounded by the river Brullés, cereal fields and moors, the Sasamón municipality includes seven villages: Sasamón, Olmillos de Sasamón, Castrillo de Murcia, Citores del Páramo, Villandiego, Villasidro and Yudego.

Sasamón was part of the Roman Empire. In fact, the emperor Augusto camped here during the war against the Cantabrian. Sasamón was also a bishopric in the eleventh and twelfth centuries.

The village still preserves part of the walls, a door and its medieval structure with narrow streets. The collegiate church of Santa María stands out over the houses. It was built in the thirteenth century thanks to the King Alfonso VII.

Some ancestral houses have coats of arms in their facades. They were built by some important families of this region. The hermitage of San Isidro guards a beautiful stone cross built in the sixteenth century whose decoration is really impressive.

In Olmillos de Sasamón, the castle of the Cartagena family, built in the fifteenth century, is the most remarkable structure. The church of La Asunción, built between the sixteenth and eighteenth century, is another attracting building to visit.

Interesting churches can be seen in Citores del Páramo, Villandiego, Villasidro and Yudego. In the church of Yudego there is a renaissance altarpiece carved by Simón de Bueras, while Villandiego has a small Romanesque church called San Nicolas.

The festivity of “El Colacho” takes place every year in Castrillo de Murcia. An extravagant character, “El Colacho”, runs through the streets whipping people and jumping over the babies born during the year.