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Number 103. December of 2006Spanish language Principal menu

Blecua village

In the "Somontano"
once again, a beautiful town

     Place of the province of Huesca, located in the somontano (down-mountain). It has no more than 100 inhabitants and its altitude is of 465 meters on the level of the sea. It's from Huesca 23 kilometers. The inhabitants are named blecuanos.
      Little before arriving to Angüés -in the middle of somontano oscense -, once past the deviation of Siétamo, exactly in front of the deviation of Liesa and Ibieca, the highway leaves (to the right for the traveler that comes from Huesca). There are two routes to arrive to Blecua: by Bespén and for Torres del Monte. This last town forms combined municipality, in such a way that the City council, officially, is denominated of Blecua-Torres. Another option to go to Blecua, is by the highway that leads to Ola, Alcalá del Obispo, Fañanás,…. They are walked routes and retraced steps walks and in multiple occasions, with deep tracks of our history. The distance to the capital is only of 23 kilometers, as it has been said
      The village of Blecua has a mountain aspect, even when it doesn't really end up being it. It rises on an hillock parvis, with the contained buildings, very together some of other, only opening up to open the way to the main street that is the basic axis of the urban center, although other streets of shorter layout exist, with faithful names to its situation: High, Lower, Half and the Raft street. The biggest is given had left double, in street and square. Santa Ana has also been remembered in the street map.
     Some neighbor mentions an underground spring that is a similar source to of Angüés and that of Ola which could go by Roman or Moorish. Not there are data that confirm anyone of the origins, being able to be anyone of them.
     Between 1960 and 1970 Torres and Blecua was united. In all ways, the City council continues being in Blecua. The place has not lost its "capitality", circumstance that is had very in bill by the neighbors. In the past, toward 1388, to the honor of Blecua belonged Ola, Vicién, Fraella and Callén also. Previously it depended of Montearagón, because in 1099 the king Pedro I confirmed to this monastery the church of "Blegua." In some documents of the past the spelling of the name is changed. Another Aragonese king, Pedro IV, gave to Juan Fernández de Heredia the place of Blecua, September of 1348, 29; and Elvira Pérez de Bergua had it in 1357. Juan Bautista Labaña mentioned as Mister of the place, in 1610, to Martin de Bolea.

      There's not doubt that it was a walled enclosure, because they are vestiges that attest this way. Of the classic binomial church castle is Santa Ana's hermitage, possibly of the XIII century, of style late romanesque, with semicircular apse and ship of two tracts that's covered with canyon vault. Ubieto Arteta also mentions the San Gregorio's hermitage. The parochial church is dedicated to Our Mrs. of Asunción. It has plant of Latin cross, with lateral chapels. The tower is of the XVI century or principles of the XVII one, and consists of four bodies; the first of seat and the brick superiors.
      Just as it happened in other places of the area, Blecua depended in the ecclesiastical of the monastery of Montearagón, until it passed the Huesca bishopric.
     There are several parties a year, as some neighbors refer me: May 9, September 8 and October 24. They also honor Santa Ana, like it is natural, invocation profusely represented, with street and hermitage.

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     As other many towns of Altoaragón, in Blecua that special care is appreciated in the restoration of its old houses. Work that is impelled those more than the occasions for descending of "the house" that recover, with the the bigger than the respects, for their leisure and enjoyment, that family beloved home. This positive rejuvenescence, in more or smaller measure, is appreciated in anyone of its beautiful corners, providing a pleasant sensation that the past is able to be upgraded, perpetuating its memory


Alfonso ZapaterManuel Tomé  Photographic album of Aniés * "Aragón Pueblo a Pueblo", by Alfonso Zapater
** Manuel Tomé Bosqued

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