Transmoz: The Cursed City

In the picturesque province of Zaragoza, Spain, nestled among rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves, lies the extraordinary village of Trasmoz.

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A village shrouded in mystery and intrigue, Trasmoz's history dates back to the 12th century. Once a popular pilgrimage site, it became better known for its association with witchcraft and legends of witches and sabbaths. The tales of witchcraft were fueled by the local unusual rock formations, which some believed were created by dark magic. Historians say the rumors were spread by the illegal mint to keep curious eyes away.

Some of these legends have been re-created by the romantic writer Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. Transmoz is the only Spanish village officially cursed and excommunicated by the Catholic Church, and the excommunication has never been lifted.

But in the 19th century, Trasmoz began to attract visitors again, drawn by its history of witchcraft and the beauty of the surrounding nature. The village has since become a popular tourist destination and is now home to a museum dedicated to witchcraft. The museum is located in the old castle, abandoned in the 16th century.

In fact, Transmoz is also known for an important invention - the bucket mop. The inventor of this life-saving device was a resident of the village. After his death in 2011, a monument was erected to his most famous creation.