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SOS DEL REY CATOLICO is a small town on top of a small hill in northern Aragon. It is very old and played an important role in the genesis of Spain.

Located on rocky and elevated terrain, the border town was a stronghold between Aragon (or Pamplona) and Navarra. In 1452 the Aragonese King Ferdinand II of Aragaon was born here.

King Ferdinand II would marry Queen Isabella I of Castillia. This marriage, joining Aragon and Castilla, is regarded as one of the cornerstones of modern Spain.

In 1492 the couple sponsored the first voyage of Christopher Columbus. In the same year the united Spanish forces defeated Granada, the last Muslim state in Western Europe.

These days Sos del Rey Catolico is a sleepy medieval town. With a splendid parador (we've been told) it sees a modest amount of visitors. There are a handful of fine restaurants too. Still, it feels pretty remote.

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THIS PICTURE was shot from inside the palace where Ferdinand II was born, looking out onto the the town.

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