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The Ducal Palace (Palacio Ducal) at Medinaceli.

Medinaceli (/meδina'seli/) is a municipality and town in the province of Soria (Spain). Its name derives from the Arabic toponym madīnat salīm ("the city of Salim").

During the Middle Ages, Medinaceli was a town that lay between the lands of the Christians and the Muslims. Situated at the confluence of the river Jalón, Medinaceli was the site of the Celtiberian town Occilis. From the Roman era until 1994, its saltworks were exploited for commercial use.

The castle of Medinaceli served as the residence of the Dukes of Medinaceli until the Ducal Palace (Palacio Ducal) was used for this purpose. Other buildings include the Colegiata de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, whose abbots fought with the bishops of Sigüenza to maintain the city's rights. The Convent of Saint Elizabeth (16th century) (Convento de Santa Isabel), which lies next to the church of San Martín, also stands in good condition. The beaterio (house inhabited by lay sisters) of San Román (Saint Romanus) is in ruins; it may have previously been a synagogue.

Coordinates: 41°10′N 2°26′W / 41.167°N 2.433°W / 41.167; -2.433


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