The placement of cruceros is a tradition that has been preserved since the 15th century in Burguillos del Cerro.
These crosses, also known as humilladeros, were places of devotion that used to be in the exits and entrances of the towns, and also next to the roads.
Initially, these cruceros informed the visitor that she was entering in territory conquered by Christians. They also welcomed the visitors and served as worship places in which the traveler commended to God before the departure.
This tradition dictates that every beginning of a new century a crucero is placed in roads that exit the village.
The oldest is that of San Juan Street, that can be found in the northwest part of the population and is from the 15th century. It is near the old Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, hence the name, and it is made in marble, with a stairway and an iron cross.
Cruz de la Calle San Juan.
Cruz de la Calle Zafra.
In the northeast part of the town there is the crucero of the Zafra street, in the beginning of the old way to the neighboring town.
The crucero, belonging to the 16th century, is made of marble and crowned with an iron cross.
Its location is near the “Balcón de Pilatos” and the “Prado de la Horca” (t/n: “Balcony of Pilate” and “Field of the Gallows” respectively). In the Balcón de Pilatos was the Justice Court, that sentenced the felonies of the accused. Later, in the Prado de la Horca the sentence dictated by the court was served.
In the exit leading to Jerez de los Caballeros is placed the crucero of the Jerez street, and though its origin is from the 17th century, it was restored in the 19th century.
In this case, the marble used comes from the quarries inside the Burguillan term. It was raised in 1614 as the inscription of its base reads. It has been moved several times, and currently it can be seen in the Plaza del Amparo.
Another one of the crosses was originally placed in the convergence of Medina street and La Cruz street, and it was moved posteriorly to the Plaza de San Isidro.
Nowadays it is placed in the starting of the road of access to the Convento de las Llagas de San Francisco from the road EX-112.
It is made in marble with a filigreed iron cross and some symbolic elements.
In the current Barrio de Vista Hermosa there is another cross next to the ermita del Perpetuo Socorro. It is made entirely from iron and is dated from the 20th century.
The last one of these cruceros is placed in the exit of Burguillos that leads to Valverde de Burguillos, next to the municipal sports hall. It was erected in the year 2000, and due to that it is named la Cruz del siglo XXI (t/n: the Cross of the 21st century), made with granite of the locality.
Detalle del crucero ubicado en dirección a Zafra.