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Broto

o Inhabitants: 231. The whole municipality counts 520 inhabitants.
o Height above sea level: 905m
o Name of its inhabitants: brotense
o Local Holidays: 3rd February and the first Sunday of October.
o Monuments: the 16th century St. Peter Apostle Church, with Baroque altarpieces, Virgen de Morillo Hermitage. The old prison, by the Casa del Valle. The Sorrosal waterfall, outskirts recommended for fishing, nautical and mountain sports.

The following villages belong to this municipality: Asín de Broto, Bergua, Buesa, Oto, Sarvisé, Otal.

It is settled at the entrance of the Ordesa Valley, by the Ara River. With impressive views over Mondarruego, the western access to the National Park.

We can find any service, such as gas stations, pharmacies, hotels, supermarkets, and clinics.

At the high part of the village, we find the church. The built-up area is divided into two neighbourhoods. The southern one is called La Cruz, and the northern one is called Los Porches. One of the most remarkable spots in Broto is situated between the Old and the New bridge, known as the Plaza de los Porches, though it is also known as the Slaughterhouse or the Blacksmith's.


In this village, we can see the traditional Pyrenees chimneys, still standing on slate roofs. From the new bridge, since the old medieval bridge was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, we can watch the waterfall of the Sorrosal Gorge.

This village alternates Romanesque with Gothic style, with a wide range of Medieval features. The 12th century Romanesque Old Church in Broto is not a parish church anymore, but a place to held celebrations and parties, currently known as La Piedad Hermitage.

The 16th century St. Blas Hermitage boasted a magnificent Gothic altarpiece devoted to St. Salvator, currently exhibited in the Museum of Zaragoza. This church can be found in the built-up area of Nuevo Broto. The 16th century St. Clement Hermitage can also be found in this area.

However, the present parish church, devoted to St. Peter, can be found within Broto. It belongs to Aragonese Gothic style. It has a tower with battlements, for defence, to control the medieval bridge which was blown up during the Civil War. The doorway opens noonwards, framed by five Roman arched archivolts. According to the inscription on the front, it was built in 1578.

Local Holidays are held on the first Sunday of October, devoted to the Virgin of the Rosary. In its procession, the dancers perform the traditional "Paloteau". St. Blas festivity is also celebrated.


Among other buildings in Broto, the 16th century tower by the old bridge is specially outstanding. It has a square plan with openings, loopholes and a large window on the top floor. It was a defensive tower, and it served as a prison for centuries. Inside, we can find interesting carvings made by the prisoners of this tower, that can be visited at the present days.