Montejos de la sierra
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In the XVIII century, in the Cadastre of Ensenada, Montejo de la Sierra appears, in 1751, as a municipality of 498 inhabitants, among which there was a surgeon, a priest, a teacher of first letters and a sacristan; there were 2,312 fanegas3 of sown land, 183 of irrigated orchards and linares6, and 100 of fruit trees; and it had about four thousand head of sheep and goats.
In addition to religious activities, other activities have been carried out within its walls, such as schools and hospitals, and there was also a room where the municipal archives were kept, which remained closed under a double lock, the keys to which were shared between the parish priest and the Town Hall.
Let us now head down Avenida de Madrid towards our next point of interest, in a short stretch where we can take the opportunity to refresh ourselves in the fountain that we will find on our right, under a brick arch built on masonry33.
With a rectangular floor plan, two stories high and a tile roof, the building’s main façade faces the aforementioned square, and in addition to the wide access stairway and the double portico, the three axes of vertical openings and the clock room, located on the roof, break the uniformity of the roof.
Black shingle beech forest
In the middle of the 16th century Montejo had 66 inhabitants, a council house, butcher’s shop, bakery, tavern, flour mill, forge, weaving mill and granary. Two centuries later, in 1751, the population had grown to 122 neighbors and 498 inhabitants. Livestock continued to be the mainstay of subsistence.
The population of Montejo in the 20th century remained at around 450 inhabitants until the 1950s, when intense migratory movements towards Madrid began to take place. In 1981 there were 181 inhabitants.
Let yourself be surprised by the spectacular natural landscapes of Madrid. Parks, reservoirs and nature reserves are some of the proposals that the community has. Enter it and let yourself be enveloped by its beauty.
If you want to know one of the most beautiful areas of Madrid, do not hesitate to learn more about the region of the Sierra Norte: a destination that unites a fantastic natural, cultural and gastronomic heritage.
Montejo is the most important village in the area. Both its beech forest and its landscape in general are a good place to relax for a few days. Unlike other villages in the area, it has basic services such as stores, bakery, etc., as well as restaurants. Highly recommended for a short vacation or a long weekend.
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The Community says that the machinery used, criticized by environmentalists, is “indispensable” (Photo: Ecologists in Action / Jarama Vivo)Ecologists denounce that the Community cuts protected species in Montejo
The conservation organizations Ecologists in Action and Jarama Vivo have demanded on Monday the stoppage of the logging of several thousand pine trees initiated by the Community of Madrid in the Sierra Esclava mountain, in Montejo de la Sierra. These entities denounce that with this initiative some protected species are being eliminated. The Environment maintains that there is no alternative and that the aim is to reduce the risk of forest fires and revitalize the countryside.
More articles by this authorJosé Ignacio López de Silanes (Fonzaleche, 1951) is a professor of Sacred Geometry. He has published a book entitled ‘El románico en Madrid’ (Ed. La Librería), the first volume that analyzes the extensive presence of this period in depth.
The Community of Madrid has presented this Friday a publication that collects the research carried out jointly by the regional government and the Polytechnic University in the Montejo beech forest.