Javier is, among other things, a retired teacher. Born in Burgos and married to a woman from Villeguina, he is a great connoisseur of the history of his wife’s village. Especially of the most outstanding architectural elements, but also of the customs and history of the village. President of the Puentipiedra de Villegas Association, he was responsible, together with Pedro (President of the Friends of Villamorón Association), for the visit to Villegas and the creation of the Archive with its neighbours.
The Association works to revitalise the village through culture, which, he confesses discreetly, “is not always easy”.
Without forgetting the imposing church-fortress of Santa Eugenia, we have to talk about a special element, the conjuration arch, one of the two in Burgos and one of the four remaining in Castilla y León.
The conjuration arch of Villegas was the place from which the priests, mainly, conjured thanks to a series of prayers, with the idea of avoiding storms that could spoil the crops, the most important economic resource of these lands. It is also interesting to hear that they sought the help of the bell ringer to dissolve the threatening clouds with the sound of the bells.
On the day we arrived in Villegas, we coincided with a dramatised visit to these two architectural elements. Javier was the one who explained to the attendees, in detail, every element of the interior of the conjuradero arch, as well as the work carried out in its restoration.
We also asked him about the wine cellars dug on his land. The town’s wine-making past is evident. He told us that the wine that was made at that time was somewhat acidic and how, little by little, cereals gradually ate away at it until they practically disappeared. It is a clear example of how man’s need modifies the landscape and how time inevitably does its work.