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Number 8. November of 1998. Spanish language  Principal menu


It is a judicial district of Huesca, in the Region of La Hoya (the hole) , with 43,8 km2. of surface and 378 inhabitants counting the aggregates (870 in 1950s). In 1971 it was annexed Arbaniés and Liesa. It is far 12 kms to Huesca, is found next to the Guatizalema river and to a height of 558 mts. Its name makes reference to the "Septimum Milliarum"of the Romans and it is cradle of the Count of Aranda. They still remain residues of the castle - palace in full restoration today, that they are visible from the highway.

The church, of San Pedro Martyr was built in 1572 for the architect Martín de Zabala. Siétamo celebrates its holidays 29 of April (San Pedro of Verona) and also 18 of December. This place has given illustrious figures: the same Count of Aranda, patrons of his country with average resulted in irrigations matter and his follower in the same cause (that of to procure irrigation and the creation of a swamp) Doña Ana Abarca de Bolea. Other families ancient noblemen (influence of the Monastery of Montearagón) are the Almudévar and the Cavero. In the XIX century, almost is arrived to the conversion of the dryness in irrigable, but failed that attempt and from there you/them comes the nickname of "memojos" (I wet myself), to the inhabitants of Siétamo and that they have made allusive couplets to the topic. The gentile is sietamino.

In this place of few streets (the slope to the church, the longitudinal street from the square of the Church to the highway of Castejón and a pair of streets more) the water is present all year round. It is very known the source of the washer, with tubes half dozen pouring unfailingly wealth, and several natural sources more in the same highway to Castejón of Arbaniés. To some of these waters are attributed properties (diuretics), as is the case of the source of The Tile. The proximity of the Guara Mountain-Chain, in addition to giving the water, makes the very fresh late afternoon in the Summer, something that it is of much to thank; though the Winter is let to feel though the given cloudless and by sunny so much, they are a benediction. To enjoy more tranquility if it is possible, the highway from Pamplona to San Sebastián reflects already by the variant that surrounds the people, letting to this to a side, as if nothing wanted with it.

Before, a before that nearly all those of Siétamo have lived, the world were split into two: the urban and the rural. Each which was living its style, though depending the one on the other. The field was selling to the city the foods, and the city was providing to the field the utensils for labor in the land or in the house, was making to it the papers of the notary, court, ... and how many girls went to serve to the capital !.

Today the environment has changed; the cities are larger and the towns tend to be smaller, inhabited scarcely by old. It results sad go through some places of the Somontano (under-mountains lands), where few people remains or it is almost complete. But, Siétamo it is found so about Huesca that it is capable of exercising certain almost tourist attraction. Siétamo it is justly under the topmost summit of the Mountain-Chain of Guara (2.077 mts.) declared today Natural Park. From many points of this people are distinguished details of the Mountain Chain, as for example in the entry of the street Valdecán (near the wall of the iron-works), that are seen the Frachinito Peak , the Tozal of Guara and the Top of This; they are descried also the buildings of the swamp of Calcón above of Coscullano town, being appreciated more to the left the wrinkled rocks, below those which is passed upon decreasing to San Cosme and San Damián; for before of the swamp of Vadiello, is interposed the Bullitero that it is split by the Guatizalema river, letting to the left to The Almunia of the Romeral and to the right, Santa Eulalia la Mayor, for which can be risen going until Nocito, where is found the church of San Urbez. Rising therefore roads is passed, between other places, by Isarre; a today disappeared town, that in Basque means low place; concept that contrasts with the height of the Guara Mountain Chain. The word Guara, some assimilate it to gora, that in Basque means up. More to the left, and going through San Julián, is arrived to San Martín of the Val d'Onsera.

Access from the highwayFrom Siétamo, it is easy to accede to those places, rising by the highway of Castejón of Arbaniés, in address to the Aguas locality. Once in that highway, it can be chosen, for example, to go by /its straight and before arriving to Aguas, to rise by a highway that will carry us to Calcón, where we will be able to admire that small water reserve that feed the Calcón and Formiga rivers. In the low land, to those waters they would give an immediate usefulness, while seems that those peoples of the Somontano go inconclusive, among other things, with the necessary Parceling Concentration for the set in irrigation, of the region. From the same place and near the offices, is caught the road that toward the left decreases by the Guara Mountain Chain; thus, between pines and holly-oaks, is arrived to the Sanctuary of San Cosme and San Damián.

Siétamo, if it knows to carry it, has tourist future. This year of 1998, is celebrated the two hundred anniversary of the Count of Aranda death, therefore they have been arranged the walls of the castle, endowing them of lighting. On the designated zone of the Paúl, they have been built some elegant chalets, and now, it has been begun the construction of 48 one-family housings. The existence of municipal sports zones: pools, tennis track, soccer field, ...., as well as the presence of a splendid restaurant (La Arboleda -The Grove-) in the exit toward Castejón, announce prosperity.

It seems to exist certain parallelism between the project carried to term in the town of Zaragoza of Perdiguera and Siétamo. The same company that works in Siétamo to build 48 housings, them has already finished in Perdiguera. In this last locality, intend to create the Park of the Hermitages of the Alcubierre Mountain Chain. In Siétamo, also it can be created a Sanctuaries park; they exist romanesque paintings in the Church of Arbaniés (that is being restored); in Liesa there are three churches, of one of the hermitages is of the one which left famous tables (one of them, it is in the Provincial Delegation); near also, it is the church of Foces, of Ibieca; and already next to Arbaniés, it emphasizes the church of Sant Michael, of Barluenga, with excellent romanesque paintings .

The culture of the water, in Siétamo, goes through to have right to water with the water of the river, as is put of I manifest in the jot: The sirs of Siétamo put the mountain on orchard and for the Virgin of Never, decrease the water by the digs.

Perdiguera must fight with Zaragoza in the conquest of population, in what already it has obtained 50 housings. Siétamo, more silently, it is going obtaining to deprive inhabitants to the nearby Huesca.

* Ignacio Almudévar ** Manuel Tomé Bosqued

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