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Cultural Heritage

Popular Architecture

Popular Architecture

Stout and ever-lasting houses and their characterictic elements, such as knockers, chimneys or lintels, are the best example of the relevance of popular architecture in these people's everyday life.

Conical Chimneys top the roofs in Sobrarbe. Over them, we sight some figures known as scarewitches, remarkable because of their number and size, especially in some villages in the Vio Valley, such as Buerba.

We can also find singular sundials on some facades, like in Ascaso.

Manor houses were built according to popular architecture criteria, but including huge dimensions and defensive or remarkable artistic elements. Most of them were built in the 16th century. The majority of them are situated in La Fueva Valley. Specially remarkable are Casa Morillo in Arasanz, Casa Mur in Aluján and Palacio de Formigales. We can also visit the Torre del Señor and Casa Ruba in Fanlo, Casa de Arredandor de Araguás, Casa Lanao de Arro, Casa Buill in San Vicente de Labuerda, Casa Juste in Arcusa, Casa Pallás de El Grado in Guaso and so almost in every village in Sobrarbe.

casa Mur de Aluján
casa Ruba de Fanlo
casa Lanao de Arro

Buildings related to everyday chores, farming tasks and several crafts also belong to the popular architecture scattered all over Sobrarbe County: shepherd's huts (especially remarkable are those known as Bordas de Viadós in the Chistau Valley), threshing yards ( in Gerbe, Abizanda...), galleries and roofed passageways (Usana, Fuendecampo...), blacksmith's (some o them are well preserved, in Lecina, Betorz and Morillo de Sampietro); lime ovens; olive oil mills (in Betorz, Coscojuela de Sobrarbe, Olsón, Formigales and Labuerda); gristmills (Gistaín, Sin, Formigales, Almazorre and Las Bellostas); fulling mills (that one originally placed in Lacort can now be visited in Fiscal); martinetes (big mallets water powered for working metals, we can find them in the Bielsa and Plan Valleys).

Other buildings have water in common: fountains, washing places (in Asín de Broto, Buesa , Lardiés, Betorz ); bridges (in Boltaña, Broto, Añisclo, Puen Pecadors in the Chistau valley, Bujaruelo.); las salines (large surfaces with shallow pools, in Trillo and Salinas de Trillo); Moorish wells (in Abizanda, Betorz, Castellazo and Banastón).

Fuente de Jánovas
Lavadero de Asín de Broto
Aljibe de Betorz

The esconjuraderos, templetes with a square plan open on its four fronts with wide arches, built from the 17th century, where the priest prayed that storms and plagues would keep away and where harvests were blessed. In Sobrarbe, we can find them in Almazorre, Asín de Broto, San Vicente de Labuerda, El Pueyo de Araguás, Guaso, Burgasé (in ruins) and Mediano (sunk under the reservoir water)