Murals in Oropesa
Murals and castles in Oropesa
This weekend I made it to the region of Extremadura for the first time ever. Oropesa, a tiny town we visited along the way, is actually tucked into Castilla-La Mancha. The castle of this fairy-tale village can be seen from the highway, and is just as charming when you get up close. The name, “Gold weighs” or “Weigh gold,” dates back to a legend about a damsel in distress; the town supposedly had to pay the maiden’s weight in gold to get her back from her captors (the Moors).
All around the town we saw colorful characters dancing along the walls. The artwork was scattered all over the city and seemed to follow a magical vein. They told stories of brave knights, fair maidens, fire-breathing dragons, bards, and religious crusaders. One whimsical wall held a poem, while another served as a local map.
The picture above had been designed by students at a local elementary school
From the mouth of babes!