A Castilian town of medieval origin that today is all in ruins

Villacreces: Touring a ghost town in the rural Spain that was abandoned in 1981

Lately there is a lot of talk about "the emptied Spain", the part of the country that has been depopulated due to the constant exodus from the countryside to the cities.

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An extreme example of this exodus is the ghost town of Villacreces, in the municipality of Santervás de Campos (Valladolid). The history of this town dates back to the Middle Ages. In the 19th century it was a small town, with a few dozen inhabitants. It had 130 neighbors in the middle of the 20th century, who lived from agriculture and livestock. The town had its own school and a church. It had its own mayor until 1974, when, due to the loss of inhabitants, it became part of Santervás. Its last neighbors left Villacreces in 1981. The last living villager was a woman, Regina Méndez Torbado, who died in December 2020 at the venerable age of 100.

Today most of the houses in Villacreces, made of adobe, are sadly in ruins. Only the old tower of the Church of San Cipriano, made of brick, and the cemetery remain standing. The Youtube channel Aventuras Entresierras (if you are not subscribed, I recommend that you notes already) has published an interesting video taking a tour of this ghost town (the video is in Spanish, you can activate the automatic subtitles in English in the bottom bar of the player):

Below you can see some screenshots of the video. We start with the church tower, whose impressive interior is shown in the video:

Under these lines we see the old cemetery, already very deteriorated:

There are also two old dovecotes in ruins, made with adobe. In the video you can see the inside of one of them, which is still used by the last inhabitants of the town: the pigeons.

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