Huesca temática

Number 105. February of 2007Spanish language Principal menu

Torres de Montes

In the Huesca "Under Mountains"
a place for rest again

     A place of the province of Huesca, located in the "somontano" (under mountais place). It has little more than 100 inhabitants and it's 475 meters on the level of the sea. There are 19 kilometers from Huesca. They are named torresinos.
      Torres de Montes are located in a depression of the "under montains" of Huesca, between Pueyo de Fañanás and Angüés, Blecua and Siétamo villages. The deflection starts of the highway of Huesca to Barbastro (national 240), dividing the way between Siétamo and Velillas, to the right hand, in route for Antillón and Pertusa. Also from Angüés it is possible to arrive directly.
      The urban center is made up of some modest constructions, of adobes and "tapial" (stone walls), on a quite irregular layout, although it emphasizes some house of noble aspect. The houses alternate with some farming installations. They are appreciable houses very rehabilitated also, as dictate the present tendencies in rural means of Upper Aragon.
      In the past, the place was secular domain. There's certainty which the 29 of September of 1348 Pedro IV of Aragón gave the place and castle of Torres de Montes to Juan Fernández de Heredia. Ten years later, the 20 of April, Juan II ordered them that would be taken both town and castle “while the lawsuits between Felipe de Castro and Pedro Larraz lasted”.
      In century XVI it was of Bernardine of Bolea, and in 1610, of Martin de Bolea, according to Labaña. Administratively, it appeared like path, group of judges, and successive way of Huesca also. In 1834 it formed its own City council, and in 1960-1970 megred with Blecua, thus giving origin to the new municipality of Blecua and Torres, with the "capital" in Blecua.
      Its population, that got to surpass the 400 inhabitants in last century -18 fires had in century XV-, is something decreased now, with something more than 100 inhabitants, although in the Summer it is itself increased.

      In the ecclesiastic it depended on the archdeaconship of Serrablo, in 1280; and at present time, of the bishopric of Huesca. Its parochial church is dedicated to the Santos Reyes (Holy Kings), and is a building of century XVI, reformed in the XVIII. It has a single ship that culminates in polygonal apse and it is covered with vault of "half Moon form". Chapels in the lateral ones are opened, covered as well with the same way. The altarpieces date from century XVIII. The group is completed with the bell tower, that is of ashlar masonry and raises four bodies.
     There are two hermitages also. The hermitage of Santa Ana has a ship of four sections, with pointed arcs diaphragm, and its construction dates from century XVIII. Another of San Miguel, in ruins during some time, has a single ship also, with tube vault.

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      Taking a walk by Torres de Montes one breathes tranquillity and calmness; nothing pretends to be in a hurry. Once entered in this clean and impeccable town, and arrived at an interior square, the outside of a cafeteria will invite to us to seat around a table, to leave therefore the time continues passing, or to enjoy a relaxing social gathering. It does not defraud a visit to the place, to walk by its streets and to take a walk until the church..


Alfonso ZapaterManuel Tomé  Photographic album of Yaso (Spain) * "Aragón Pueblo a Pueblo", by Alfonso Zapater
** Manuel Tomé Bosqued

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