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Biello Sobrarbe

The old kingdom of Sobrarbe, which eventually became a part of the kingdom of Aragón, included, among others, the south part now known as Sobrarbe. This is why it is also called “Biello Sobrarbe”(Old Sobrarbe). Its paths lead you to the Sierra and Canyons of Guara Natural Park.

Guaso, situated at the top of a hill, is the ideal viewpoint point to see the low part of the River Ara banks. Its church dates from the 12th century. Next to the church there is a weather temple open to the four winds from which the priest blessed the fi elds and drove away storms. Pallás House has elaborate spans, a circular fortifi ed tower and a private chapel.

Santa María de Buil consists of 15 hamlets which contain magnifi cent examples of traditional architecture belonging to the 16th and 17th centuries.

We can fi nd the remains of a fortress or small castle at the top of Buil hill. We can visit Saint Mary’s and Saint Martin’s churches, the latter dating from the 11th century and declared National Trust. Saint Martin Church has three aisles and three apses.

The remains of a fortifi ed tower, dating from the middle of the 11th century, with a pentagonal ground plan, can be found in Arcusa. The most outstanding buildings of the village were built in the 16th century: Juste House, which has a fortifi ed tower and oratory; Solano House, with its beautiful mullioned window and the church.

Pueyoril or “La Capilleta” dolmen can be found very near the Paúles de Sarsa road, next to San Isidro hermitage, built in the 16th century. Its popular paintings were added in the 18th century. Remains from the Visigoth period and cave paintings have been found in several caves near the village.

The sanctuary of Santa María de la Nuez is a traditional meeting point in the area because it is where the people of the thirteen surrounding villages go on pilgrimage.

The church of Sarsa de Surta and its Romanesque tower were built in the 16th century. The village has four quarters whose common reference point is the church. Just by the river there is an area of ethnological interest known as Pedro Buil’s Mill, with a tiled roof and bee hives nearby.

There is a magnifi cent 16th century church in Olsón, known as Sobrarbe’s cathedral. It has been declared a National Heritage Monument. It has a graceful tower, polygonal apse and a beautiful Renaissance altarpiece.

Eripol’s church, built in the 16th century, is at the of top the village. The village’s steep streets are lined by beautiful houses crowned by superb chimneys. You can enjoy wonderful views of the area from La Unión square.

The houses in Lecina are in keeping with traditional architecture. Both the façade of Sampietro House and the tower of Carruesco House are outstanding. You must visit the impressive thousand year old oak which spreads over 600 square metres. The cave paintings near Lecina are well worth visiting.

Did you know...

that the place name of Sobrarbe could come from the expression “Sobre-Arbe” which refers to the range that separates the borough of Sobrarbe from the borough of Somontano?