City Hall

The town hall of Cantavieja is one of the best examples of civil architecture in the province of Teruel and, together with the town hall of La Iglesuela del Cid, the oldest in the Maestrazgo region. The town hall building is located in an interesting square arcaded square. The church of the Assumption and the Baylía house are also located there.

The building has a rectangular floor plan, two stories high and is made of masonry, using ashlar and stonework in its most notable elements.

The lower floor opens onto the square through a portico with four semicircular arches on the front and two on the sides. The current configuration of these semicircular arches is due to a Renaissance reform, since, originally, they must have been Gothic pointed arches. On this floor would be the butcher’s shop and the jail.

On the second floor there are two balconies that were once windows. There is a third window facing the atrium of the church. These windows have three lobed arches supported by two thin columns. In the 18th century, the wrought iron railings that close the balconies were installed. These openings give light to the plenary hall with a rectangular floor plan and enormous dimensions, with an original roof of wooden beams on canes carved with gothic forms. Between both balconies is the coat of arms of the town carved in stone, on a cartouche with an inscription that translated from Latin means:

“He who rules this house hates wickedness, loves peace, punishes crimes, preserves rights and honors the honest.”