| Watchtower, town
and viewpoint of the plain
It's a place of the province of Huesca,
located in the Hole (Hoya de Huesca), at the right margin of
the channel of the Cinca river. It has over 110 inhabitants and
the altitude is 453 meters on the level of the sea. It's from Huesca
13 kilometers. Its inhabitans are named piracesanos.
We part from Huesca by the highway
of Novales and once we have exceeded Monflorite and Albero
Alto it is necessary to take the deflection to the left hand. Piracés
is only 13 kilometers from the capital, within the Hole, on the right
margin of the channel of the Cinca, that has taken its sowing
of green by the surroundings. The water built the miracle, in spite
of being earth located in the confluence of the Flumen
and Guatizalema rivers.
The urban nucleus is located in a slope,
along, with some simple buildings, in its majority of poor material,
with predominance of adobes. Exceptionally the rubblework and the sillar
stone occurs also. The climate is benign, superior to the 13 degrees
of annual average, and it usually is a determining factor in the construction.
It`s told that in the place a medieval
castle was raised. The rocky outcrop where it was the strength, with
very remarkable defensive characteristics, has later brought an interesting
archaeological findings of diverse times, between which emphasize several
ends of arrow in silex. To the south of the population another similar
deposit exists, denominated «El Portillo» (“the Opening”).
There is a cross of term of the century
XVIII, planted very well, that calls the attention to the traveller.
The piracesanos (inhabitants) feel proud of that small monument,
like they are so by a rain tank, that also show, of irregular plant,
with vault of tube and exedra.
The parochial church, in acceptable state
of conservation, is dedicated to San Pedro Apóstol. It consists
of a ship divided in three sections, with chapels in lateral side and
a polygonal apse. It is covered with crossed starred vault. The bell-tower
rises with four bodies, the superior is added, perhaps with the eagerness
to obtain a greater height. It is a work of century XVI.
A greater antiquity has the hermitage
of Our Lady of Corona, of century XII, romanesque, transformed into
the XVI. It has a single ship of five sections, with lunetos
and pointed vault.
The town holidays are celebrated the
3 of May.
The population has descended respect
from principles of century XX, that got to add 254 inhabitants, census
who stayed, with slight variants, until 1950. The emigration, nevertheless,
seems braking already definitively, although without experiencing increase.
The 110 inhabitants of the present time think that the proximity with
the capital prevents a greater demographic development.
Many are the things that in Piracés
surprise. If we tried to arrive at it by the deflection when Monflorite
town is passed, by that very narrow road, after surpassing a few curves,
that space that is opened before us will call the attention, showing
a lowest dry river bed, a small canyon with capricious geologic stratified
terraces and formation in forms and colors. We will become absorbed
in that contemplation, and we hardly will realize of which to our backs
is that mass, huge and challenging, that is the “Piedra del Mediodía”
(“stone of the Noon”), quiet raised and all-powerful before our eyes.
In the town already, clean streets, recovered
and taken care of houses, with some of recent and modern factory. It
does not lack some construction that the passage of time has lead to
the ruin. The Stone of the Noon has been left a little back when we
showed ourselves to the other slope of the town. There it can be contemplated
from the height, the South plain by where the channel of the Cinca runs,
descrying itself also some near towns: Albero Alto, Callén,