Its origin is not very clear, although it is possible to think that the Arabs witnessed it when they gave name to the river “Modúbar” (which means “round” in Arabic) or according to other authors, like the Official Chronist of the Province, Fray Valentín de la Cruz, it could be a preroman word referring to “earth hillocks”.
As far as its surname “Emparedada” is concerned, the legend says it comes from a lady who, after the outbreak of the plague, found shelter inside the church, where she was cured. There are other versions on the origin of this name, as the evolution of the word “Emperador” , which means “emperor” (referred to king Alfonso VI) to “Emparedada”, which means “immured”, shows, becoming definitive in the 14th century. This possibility is based on a document of 1072 that mentions “Modúbar del Emperador”
And the third version we know is that in this village there was a noble family who immured their daughter. The people of Modúbar help the girl and in gratitude she donates her parent’s legacy to the village. There are archeological remains in the Altotero. After the disappearance of this small village (Quintana de los Cojos or Quintanilla de los Coxos), its properties and estates were transferred to the community.
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