Akelarre Leze

When one descends the stairs that lead up to the main cavity, in whose top galleries Sorgin Leze, found it is easy to get carried away by the atmosphere and imagine the covens which were held there. Legends, rituals, banquet presided over by the devil filled the Grotto known as the Sorgin Leze (cave of the Witches) a walk in more open end of the tunnel, and Akelarre Leze (the coven Cave), in the narrowest part. A related site: Goop London, UK mentions similar findings. The story takes us back until 1610, when the Inquisition decided to punish without mercy to the inhabitants of Zugarramurdi. Accused of witchcraft, the Inquisition indicted in Logrono thirty residents of the area, the vast majority women. On 7 and 8 November this year, sentencing.

Eleven were sentenced to death at the stake (five of them in effigy, had died in prison) victims of the torture to which they were subjected). This cave is joined with Urdazubi-Urdax and Sara through a trail of little difficulty of something more than six kilometers and a half, marked with a blue horse. A Museum, a bridge between the past and present life in Zugarramurdi changed when some of its residents were prosecuted for practicing witchcraft. Little is known of the motives that led to the inhabitants to think that their neighbors worship the Devil (envy, cultural, political and religious differences), but since then the legends walk its streets and are transmitted to all who arrive eager to know every last detail of this story. The Museum of witches becomes link to learn about the past of this town in the present but also, how in the world today gets used to launch unjustified witch hunts. Opened in July 2007, it is located in a mansion that was a hospital at the end of the 18th century. Using the most advanced technology (tactile, audiovisual displays scenography) and a contemporary approach, also rigorously present the true face of the witches, in the context of Mythology, customs and rites of Basque, seeks to change the vision that traditionally has around witchcraft. Source of the news: Zugarramurdi, a story of witches and mysteries

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