Cueva de la Yedra – Villarrubia de Santiago, Spain - Atlas Obscura

Cueva de la Yedra

Villarrubia de Santiago, Spain

This cave in the heart of La Mancha is full of esoteric secrets. 


Villarrubia de Santiago, a quaint town in the province of Toledo located approximately an hour from Madrid, harbors a secret that has remained concealed from the public for centuries: La Cueva de la Yedra. Recently renovated, this cave is now open to visitors.

The cave’s architecture is remarkable, featuring a circular chamber adorned with columns. Interestingly, this circular room is encircled by nine columns, with an additional central column. However, rather surprisingly, these columns do not support the cave’s ceiling; they serve merely as a decorative element without any known purpose.

While the cave’s beginnings and purpose are shrouded in mystery, it appears to have been designed as a gathering spot. The prevailing theory suggests the cave may have served as a meeting space for a clandestine organization or fraternal order, however, the possibility of it being utilized as an underground synagogue or ancient sanctuary cannot be dismissed. The presence of the columned chamber poses a challenge to this interpretation.

Experts point to its similarities with constructions as old as the Greek tholos. The cave is thought to have been built in the 18th century since it has a series of neoclassical arches, which suggests its function was to give the cave greater dignity and emphasis to hold meetings and gatherings.

Know Before You Go

La Cueva de la Yedra is located in the heart of Villarrubia de Santiago, Calle Santiago with Calle Amargura. It is open on Saturdays from 10 am -2 pm and 4 pm-6 pm h and Sundays 10 am 2 pm  Make sure you call this number to make a reservation for your visit 925 15 02 81 Entry to the cave is three euros.

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