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In 711, the Moors invaded Visigoth, Christian Hispania. Under their leader, an African Berber general named Tariq ibn-Ziyad, they brought most of the Iberian Peninsula under Islamic rule in an eight-year campaign.

The Moorish castle "Al-Qasr", situated on a limestone hill in Aragon, gives this tiny village (population ~300) it's name. The moors are known for their Architectural achievements in Iberia, and this village is no different - it is marvelously built.

In 1212, a coalition of Christian kings under the leadership of Alfonso VIII of Castile drove the Muslims from Central Iberia.
After the Christian conquest, a Romanesque temple was erected, of which only the vestibule remains.
During the first half of the 16th century the current Colegiate Church of Santa María, was built, work of Juan de Segura, also author of the Cathedral in Barbastro. In the 17th century, the interior was enriched with a beautiful golden wood altarpiece next to the aesthetics of the vault, and with new chapels like the one in Lecina. A statue of Christ carved in wood was incorporated in the chapel, popularly known as the Christ of Lecina, carried out in the 12th century, which responds to the Romanesque model of the crucifixion.

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