The castle is absolutely spectacular and
was famously used as the film- location and set for such international
Hollywood blockbusters as “Valentina” and, more recently, film director Ridley
Scott’s production of “The Kingdom of Heaven”.
The beautiful Collegiate of Bolea, which
dates back to medieval times, stands on a former Arab fortress overlooking the
old village. A magnificent altarpiece panelled painting inside this church
combines some exceptional flamenco traditions with Italianate tastes and is an
absolute jewel of Aragonese renaissance.
Both these monuments have in the past
witnessed some serious confrontations between the two kingdoms of Christians
and Arabs. Not surprisingly the two buildings are located in the territories
that marked the political frontier of their respective domains: namely the
External Sierras of the Pyrenees and the Hoya de Huesca.