Sos del Rey Católico

Sos del Rey Católico (Spanish)
Sos d'o Rei Catolico (Aragonese)

Sos del Rey Católico (Spanish)

Location in Spain.

Coordinates: ES 42°29′48″N 1°12′53″W / 42.49667°N 1.21472°W / 42.49667; -1.21472
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Aragon
Province Zaragoza
Comarca Cinco Villas
Municipality Sos del Rey Católico
Founded 907
  Mayor Jesús Iso
  Total 216.62 km2 (83.64 sq mi)
Elevation 652 m (2,139 ft)
Population (2015)
  Total 614
  Density 2.8/km2 (7.3/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Sosienses
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal Code 50680

Sos del Rey Católico (in Aragonese: Sos d'o Rei Catolico) is a historic town and municipality located in the Cinco Villas comarca, province of Zaragoza, in Aragon, Spain.


The location of this town, at an rocky elevation of terrain made it long a stronghold and from year 907[1] that was reconquested by Sancho I of Pamplona, had great importance as a border town.

It was incorporated in 1044 by Ramiro I to the Kingdom of Aragon.[2]

In year 1452, during the War of Navarre, Queen Juana Enríquez moved to what was then the called "Sos" (town's previous name), where she gave birth to the infante Ferdinand on March 10, 1452, who later became in Ferdinand II of Aragon, one of the Catholic Monarchs. That birth added the tagline of "d'o Rei Catolico" to the name of the town.[2] (that complete town name become literally traduce in either "You are of the Catholic Monarch" or "You belong to the Catholic Monarch").

In 1711 it was named as the capital of the Cinco Villas.[2]

Main sights

The exceptional preservation of the historic center makes a stroll around this town becomes a journey into the past highlighting the city walls, churches, Plaza de la Villa and the Palacio de los Sada, where Ferdinand was born in 1452.

Jewish quarter
  1. Portal de Zaragoza, It gives the main access, to Calle Fernando el Católico leading to Plaza de la villa.
  2. Portal de la Reina, called with this name, because according to tradition probably entered Queen Juana Enríquez from Navarre. This fortified tower has several loopholes windows and a machicolation and one of the stones of its gateway can see an inscription that made the soldiers of the Napoleonic French troops stationed in the town during the Peninsular War,[5] which says "Merde pour les volantiers de Mina" that can be translated into English would mean "Shit to the volunteers of Mina" referring to the Espoz y Mina's Navarrese troops.
  3. Portal de Sangüesa.
  4. Portal de Jaca.
  5. Portal de Uncastillo.
  6. Portal de Bueno, this preserve only the arch with keystones..
  7. Portal de El Mudo, of pointed arch.
Casa de la Villa
Crypt of Santa María del Perdón, whose construction began in the mid-11th century. Detail of Gothic mural paintings that preserve.
Street in Sos.

Other interest places

In 2009, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of La Vaquilla film in the town, a set of sculptures were placed, made in bronze by sculptor José Luis Fernández. The sculptures represent life-size chair commonly used by film directors, and also one sculpture of the director.

Infrastructure and public services.

Other services


In film

The film La vaquilla was shot in Sos with many locals working as extras. It was directed by Pablo Garcia Albano.

Twin towns - sister cities

Town State/Region Country
Madrigalejo  Extremadura  Spain[9]

Notable people

Other towns within the municipality

Campo Reyal
Castiello Barués
O Reyal

Municipality limits



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