The Wedding of Isabel de Segura commemorates the romance of the Teruel Lovers. It is mainly a historical re-enactment of the famous legend in which Isabel de Segura and Diego de Marcilla died because of a rejected kiss.
It takes place in February on the weekend next to Valentine´s Day.
A little bit of History
The two mummies exhumed in the Church of San Pedro at the beginning of the 17th Century on the one hand, and the document found in the 16th. asserting that the lovers of Teruel were buried there, on the other, are the origins of this festival. Nevertheless, it was not until 1996 that the historical re-enactment started to be celebrated.
It has already being declared Festival of National Tourist Interest.
Legend or part of the history, the facts apparently took place in the 13th Century. Read about the legend here.
How the Wedding of Isabel de Segura is celebrated
Locals participate by recreating the mediaeval ambience of the thirteenth Century, with jaima tents set up over the city and dressed in medieval costumes. Medieval dances, music, a middle-Ages market…, all the events celebrated here take us back to that era.
However, the highlight of the Wedding of Isabel de Segura is the reenactments of “The Teruel Lovers”, that turns Teruel into the most romantic city during these days.
Many of the actors participating in the performances are residents of Teruel, but the main characters are carefully chosen among candidates from different provinces.
My point of view
If you are one of those romantic guys and you want to be transported to another era you should visit Teruel during the Wedding of Isabel de Segura. This mix of moving and festive atmosphere turns this festival into a unique celebration.
The mummies are buried side by side in the Church of San Pedro, which can be visited.
It is also worth mentioning that Teruel is a beautiful city, regarded as the mudéjar town, due to the numerous buildings in this Moorish style. They belong to the World Heritage Site by the Unesco within the Mudéjar Architecture in Aragón.