Huesca thematic

Number 70. March of 2004. Spanish language  Principal menu

Nuestra Señora de Salas Hermitage

Point of devotion
..... in the road of Salas

     Located to the Southeast of the city in the Almeriz area, the old Nuestra Señora de Salas Sanctuary was rebuilt at the beginning of the 8th century, paid for by Queen Sancha, and since then constituting one of the Huesca's main points of pilgrimage.
     Of the original Romanesque structure in ashlar masonry, only the entrance remains, picked out from the faqade and consisting of archivolts resting on capitals with floral decoration. The main faqade is presided over by a large, recently restored rose window.
     The church's plan is a Latin cross with a polygonal chancel, a high choir at the West end in two parts, and deep intercommunicating chapels in the nave and the transept. The nave's spans are covered by groined vaul- ting and the side-chapels by sail vaults.
     The crossing is covered by elliptical vaulting on pendetives and the chancel and transept by polygonal groined vaulting. The appearance inside is completely different to the outside, and was rebuilt in 1722 on Baroque decorative models expressed in the crossing, transept and chancel, which ate decorated with plaster plant motifs. Adjoining the North side there is a covered portico built in the 16th century in ashlar masonry in round arches. The three-part tower rises from within the nave.
      At the Hermitage of Salas, it is possible to be arrived perfectly walking from the city. Traditionally it is a way of daily stroll for some, at any time of the year; although it is more comfortable in the dusks of the Summer.

      The surroundings of the hermitage have been prepared to this end, as areas of rest for the adults and games for the children.
      The way, properly asphalted, leaves just the remodeled Dancers Avenue, and is parallel (and to very short distance) to the prolongation of the Monegros Avenue (named highway of Sariñena also).

      The expansion of the city, little by little is shortening the distances and by the urban development plans that are intuited for this zone, in the not too distant future, the Hermitage of Salas could be, if not included in the urban crossroads of Huesca, if very near it.


* Manuel Tomé

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