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Monteragón Castle


This castle, is a position fortified constructed between the years 1.086- 89, by Sancho Ramírez and his son Peter, with the purpose of disposing of a base of support against the arab occupation of Huesca and to help to the conquest of the city. In around grows a village already disappeared. As the castle must protecting that village of recent creation, it was endowed to the castel, with a church duly fulfilled. It was founded a Royal Chapel and the community of canons mount Aragón " was very famous between the christians. Nevertheless, it followed belonging to Crown, spotlightting between the owners Mr. Férriz, who enjoyed between the years 1.113 and 1.146.

Ruins, are in the term of Quicena, near the city of Huesca, of that hardly might separate 6 Kms. in address South East, by the highway that drives to Barbastro and Lérida. The place, was elected for the repose of the mortal remains of many monarches. Of Sancho Ramírez, remain there until the transcript to Saint Juán de la Peńa, and of Alfonso I the Battleer, until the XIX century, in that passed to Saint Vicente el Real; from here would go to the chapel of Saint Bartolomé, in the church of Saint Pedro el Viejo of Huesca.

Montearagón ruins Alfonso II, conceded to the inhabitants of Montearagón, privileges of frankness, while Pope Clement V was according to the abbots the use of the myth. The dominion of these abbots, extend to great number of places and churches, specially when Juan I (in 1.391 ) sold then, 23 of those places, by 1.000 florins. This monastic life of the abbey of Jesús Nazareno, continued of uninterrupted mode until that arrived the freeing from mortmain laws of Mendizábal, over there by the year 1.835. Many sons of kings were abbots of Montearagón, as the same male infant D. Fernando. In the XII century, Montearagón arrived at to have 104 churches, with some incomes of some 40.000 ducats of Aragón.

Between numerous privileges of the mitered abbots, were enjoying having seat in Court of Aragón; but all this, would disappear with the bing freeing from mortmain law and unfrocked. To the final, Castle of Montearagón, was sold by a derisory quantity, . the best bidder; and he carried how many objects of value it had, for afterwards to set fire to the castle and to give ruins to Isabel II. Of that fire, only was saved magnificent altarpiece of Gil Morláns el Viejo (1.506), that is gathered in Diocesan Museum of Huesca.

* Manuel Tomé Bosqued.

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