Rock shelter of the Shrine of San Úrbez

  • Locality :Fanlo
  • Municipality :Fanlo
  • Altitude :926 m.
  • Listed Status :Site of Cultural Interest. World Heritage.
  • Cultural sequence :Neolithic
  • Excavation :Joan Pallarés Personat.




Cross the entire Añisclo canyon by vehicle till you come to the car park set up by the PNOMP. Make your way from there to the San Úrbez Bridge and cross it, continuing on foot up the left slope of the canyon.

After ten minutes, you will come to the shrine, located at the confluence of the Bellos and Aso rivers.

This shrine in the rock was created in a cavity in the limestone wall.

A wall that encloses the space completes the shrine, which is reached by means of a sturdy staircase that leads up to the railing of the entrance.

At the back, an space enclosed in the manner of a crypt is the hermitage where the saint lived, according to tradition. A door with a round arch on scotia abutments and extrados moulded by an impost leads into the shrine.

The panel with schematic paintings is outside the built cavity, below the shrine, on limestone rock two or three metres above the current ground level (the ground was excavated to lay the track).

It contains:

- A composition in a geometrical style done in red that features two rounded squares and a curving line that has an appendage at the top cut off by flaking. It is 10 cm long and 9 cm wide.

- Vertical lines (to the right of the composition described above) irregularly drawn and done in a brighter red than the composition. They occupy an almost rectangular surface measuring 22x27 cm.

- Line that is difficult to classify situated at the opposite end to the paintings described above.

- Numerous graffiti done in modern times (thousands of tourists pass by here).

Next to a bridge just over a kilometre further upstream the River Aso on the path that leads to Sercué is a shallow rock shelter with graffiti with dates such as 1660 and 1834 superimposed on traces of red paint.


This is a work done by humans in the Neolithic Period in a place regarded as sacred since at least the 11th century and revered as far back as the 8th century according to oral tradition.