| Peace and calm
in the Hole of Huesca
Place of the province of Huesca,
belonging to the municipality of Siétamo. Inhabitants: 67.
Altitud:.591 meters on the sea level. It is distant from Huesca
17 kilometers and the gentile is arbaniesano.
It leaves of the Valley of Huesca
to face Somontano ("Under-mountains"). It can be arrived by
highways. The first option is to take the deviation to Loporzano
no more passing "Estrecho Quinto" in N-240 with Loporzano
to the left, we continue some more quilometres until the first deviation
to the left. A narrow and serpentine highway will bring near us to
Another option is for Siétamo,
natural cradle of the Count of Aranda, alive history of our
earth. The secondary recently enlarged highway, to the left, goes
into in North address, toward the mountain summits that crest to the
bottom. First Castejón will arrive, later Arbaniés that
will give it its last name. The total journey, from Huesca,
is alone of 17 kilometers.
It offers the town withits irregular
layout and tapial buildings, reinforced not very well with ashlar
stone worked. The earth still offers yield being this the cause that
a part of the emigration was contained during some time, but already
enough years ago the population descended below the a hundred inhabitants,
number that was considered demographic limit, indicator of risk so
that the town maintains more alive its identity.
The cross of term, of the XVIIIth century,
seems to be fixed there to give the welcome to the visitor. The town,
later, will show its irregular urban center, because the streets were
traced as marked the conveniences of the land. Then, a wide and beautiful
square, where the big party has its protagonism. As complement, other
small squares, where the gatherings cheer up when falling of the afternoon,
especially in Summer. The holidays are celebrated on August 15, for
The primitive church was of romanesque
origin, of the XII century, and consisted of a single ship of three
tracts covered with vault of pointed canyon and semicircuIar apse.
Later on, in the XVI century, it suffered
the corresponding transformation to enlarge it to three ships. From
the same time is the bell tower that ascends slender, with the help
of three bodies, the last two are octogonals.
It is understood that the XVI century
was of splendor for the town, as they would be the following centuries.
The decline began in the second half of the last XX century. However,
there is not fear to the future because scarcely to 17 kilometers
of the capital is possible the life.
There is a nearby chapel, that of San
Silvestre. It was raised, as they tell, about the XVIII th century,
and was dropped by abandonment. It is the destination of the chapels,
as soon as they do not receive the necessary care: they end up by
dying of isolation and solitude.
Now, the Arbaniés neighbors
wait every year In August for meeting all, families and friends, which
continue there and those who went away, that return for the festivities.
From holidays to holidays the promises are renewed. The future, according
to those of the people, continues being in the ground, waiting for
some hand that can gain it.
Arbaniés resists the depopulation
and demonstrates it with many of its houses rehabilitated and renovated
in its external and internal aspect, like expression of its desire
to live through the present.