Mausoleum of the Lovers of Teruel
Here you can enjoy a visit to the church, the cloisters, a tower in Mudejar style, and the mausoleum that contains the tombs of Diego and Isabel.
The Mausoleum of the Lovers of Teruel, which holds the most emblematic love story of Spain, is located in the Lovers Square, right next to the Church of San Pedro.
According to the tale, Diego and Isabel were both descendants of noble and influential families. As their early friendship evolved throughout the years, emotional feelings arose and they fell in love with each other. The relationship between the two youngsters did not seem to convince her family, because Juan Diego was not the firstborn and therefore did not have any valuable properties. Due to this reason, Diego requested five years to get richer and finally have the means to ask the hand of his beloved Isabel. His request was granted, and Diego went to war, searching for the promised fortune.
However, when he returned to Teruel, the five-year deadline had expired. Isabel, oppressed by her father, married an important nobleman of the city. In the day of the wedding between Isabel and her fiancé, Diego managed to meet with his ladylove at her house and requested a kiss, promptly denied by her. Devastated because of her denial, he falls dead at her feet.
In the next day, a funeral is held to Diego in the Church of San Pedro de Teruel. During the funeral, a mourning Isabel comes near Diego's body. She reaches down his face to give him the kiss she denied while he was alive. She does so, but suddenly takes a deep breath and passes away on the body of her lover.
After this event, Isabel's husband orders both of them to be buried in the Church of San Pedro and the location remains open for the public until today.