It is a small municipality in the region known as Campo de Gomara located in the northern part of the province of Soria, very close to the foothills of the Iberian System and, although located in a flat area, has the elevations of La Cuesta and Valdeafuentes. The town of Aldealseñor is divided into two neighbourhoods separated by the palace, the Barrio de Abajo is older than the Barrio de Arriba. According to the architectural remains, the origin of Aldealseñor can be traced back to the Visigothic period, although the oldest documented mention of the town is from the year 1270 in a census ordered by Alfonso X the Wise. In the Middle Ages, Aldealseñor was a prosperous town but it experienced its greatest splendour between the 15th and 17th centuries thanks to the Mesta. The town belonged first to the Lords of Morales and later was the possession of the Rio-Salcedo. They were governed by an Open Council in which all the neighbours were voters and could be elected and met to resolve issues at the sound of the bell. Aldealseñor played an active role during the wars between Castilians, Navarrese and Aragonese.
The charming village of Aldealseñor boasts beautiful and sober sixteenth century mansions, the most notable of which is the Salcedo family's mansion, built between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries on an earlier tenth century structure. In the sixteenth century, already belonging to the Salcedo family, an open courtyard with a Renaissance-style portico was added. The façade has two doors, one with a large coat of arms with two medallions and the other giving access to the palace stairs. Next to the palace is the hermitage of San José. The church of Nuestra Señora de la Blanca or de las Nieves is of Romanesque and Gothic construction from the 16th century. The main chapel and a simple doorway survive from the Romanesque period. It also has some possibly Visigothic remains. Inside, there is the pantheon of the Salcedo family, in Renaissance style. Behind the church is the Town Hall and in front of the door to the church is the square. You can also admire the washing place, a historical and cultural heritage, where women used to meet and, between rubbing and scrubbing their clothes, they used to keep up to date with sayings, facts and adventures.
Aldealseñor celebrates its festivities on August 15 and 16 in honour of the Virgen de la Blanca and San Roque and on September 21 it celebrates San Mateo.
Traditionally, the residents of Aldealseñor, when they refer to the village, call it the "Village". One tradition of the village was to pay the flat and entrance fee to the young neighbour, which is a small tax, usually a treat, that the young stranger who courted a local girl had to pay to the village boys. Nowadays this is settled and celebrated with a snack.
Formerly the name of the village was Aldea del Señor because it was the Village of the Lord of the House and Tower of Salcedos.
In the documentary film, El cielo gira, by Mercedes Álvarez, which was filmed in Aldealseñor and is based on the life of the inhabitants of this town, the palace tower appears, a tower that has always been there, as a stage where the locals remember legends of ghosts and princesses who did not know how to laugh.
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Aldealseñor can be reached by the SO-V-601 regional road from Soria in the direction of Almajano and from here the SO-V-6306 regional road in the direction of Magaña via Carrascosa de la Sierra.
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