Una puerta digital abierta al patrimonio
There are places whose names already tell us about their history, as is the case of Salinillas de Buradón. It was named Salinillas after a small adjoining salt mine whose use is documented from the 12th to the 19th century; and Buradón, in reference to a close castle that we know since 964. This castle was first used as a defence against Muslims and later on the battles between the kingdoms of Castile and Navarre over the control of Álava during the 11th and 12th centuries. However, this town was founded some time later, around 1264, by Alfonso X of Castile, the Wise. At that time the walls that still surround the town were built, although they have undergone important reconstructions both in the Modern Age and in the 20th century. This important town of medieval origin is one of the most beautiful and best preserved towns in the whole Álava.
The church of Our Lady of the Conception
There is almost no trace today of the primitive church of Salinillas de Buradón, which probably dated from the 13th century, when the town was founded. Only the 16th-century manufacturing remains, which was subjected to some subsequent additions and renovations. The first thing that stands out about this building is its magnificent baroque tower, full of decorative elements and crowned by a cupola. Its height makes it stand above the walls and the palace of the Lords of Oñate.
The portico that gives access to the church was built in the 17th century and houses the strongly classicist facade, with a triangular pediment ending in pyramids in which a niche holds an image of the Immaculate.
De las fotografías actuales: © Alava Medieval / Erdi Aroko Araba
De las fotografías antiguas: Archivo del Territorio Histórico de Álava (G. López de Guereñu).