History of Laroya
Very close to the towns dedicated to the extraction of marble. According to tradition, its name comes from an Arabic term that means cazuela or hoya, by its situation between saws. Its history goes back to the period of Al-Andalus, at least they are the first data that we have of Laroya. Highlighting already for its prosperity within the region of the marble. With the Christian conquest, the Catholic Kings grant the privilege of city by royal cedula of 1501. Later it would be annexed to Baza next to other municipalities. In the War of the Alpujarras (1568-1570), tells the story of a singular personage, the Moorish Alonso the Gazi. After the war will be depopulated and repopulated in the year 1579 by 12 neighbors. The story of Laroya will remain united to the avatars of this region and to the dependence for a long time of Baza. Its economy has traditionally been based on the extraction of marble and agriculture. The emigration of the years 60 and 70, due to the difficulties of subsistence of this town, brought an important bankruptcy of the population. One of its oldest traditions are the quatrains of Laroya. Custom that is celebrated on Easter Sunday. The cuartetero is in charge of reciting the quatrains composed by the neighbors of the town and that narrate the anecdotes of all type referred to the married people.
- San Ramón Nonato Parish Church
The Parish Church San Ramón Nonato is an excellent work of great neoclassical purity and remarkable balance of volumes that stands out among the traditional hamlet of the rest of the town.
It was built in the second half of the 17th century, working on the construction of the architect Antonio Munar, although the name of the architect who designed it was unknown.
The main façade of the San Ramón Nonato Parish Church has a double pediment, complete with a domed bell tower among igneous rockets. The interior features a vaulted Latin cross plan with vaulted dome above the cruise ship.
Wheat crumbs. Pot of Wheat. Rice With Rabbit. Purchena fry (based on tomatoes and peppers). Stoned (Rice with cod and beans). Cod meatballs. Rabbit fry. Sweets: Homemade butter. Lard cake. Hornazos. Fritters. Fried Doughnuts.
Our route will run through the Comarca del Marmol, for others the Alto Almanzora. Regardless of whether we take one or another meaning, let us contemplate a striking space going up a river flow charged with history and legend.
The prodigality of its lands and its entrails has given rise to an abundant population that is evident when verifying the visit to near twenty municipalities in this route.
Suddenly, we see this small village, sheltered in a corner of the mountain. Only a few houses make it up, highlighting the church.