Huesca temática

Number 97. Juny of 2006Spanish language Principal menu

Santa Eulalia "the Greater"

Pintoresco enclave,
imprevisible otero, lugar de paz

     Place of the county of Huesca, belonging to the municipality of Loporzano. Its altitude is of 867 meters on the sea level. It's from Huesca 18 kilometers. The gentile is santaeulaliano.
      In an end of the Gabardiella mountain range, to the right of the Guatizalema river and the left of Flumen river, the small village of Santa Eulalia the Greater is distributed in two districts that form nevertheless, a single street. Buildings of solid construction are seen, of masonry and ashlar masonry and they do not lack the great portals. Contrary, some building of modern construction, appears occasionally.
      It is acceded by the highway of Barbastro, straying to the left nothing else surpassed "Estrecho Quinto", by Loporzano and Sasa del Abadiado. Some quilometers later on and to the left, a panel will indicate us the situation of the place.
      The primitive population settled, according to all the indications, around a fortress that is raised at the top of the mountain range, of the one that is still a cylindrical tower and the plans of the corresponding enclosure walled, that seems to be of centuries XI-XII. In environs the hermitage of Our Mrs. of Sescum is located. This small church is made up of a single ship and semicircular apse with blind arcs, until a total of seven.
      From the castle, that was conquered by Sancho Ramirez in 1091, the Hole of Huesca is controlled. Several landowners are know until 1069; that is to say: Orti Ortiz, Ferriz, Fortún Aznárez, Marco Ferriz and Sancho Garcés. Successively, the place was merinado, sobrecullida, path and group of judges of Huesca. In 1834 it formed City council, and in 1845 the Almunia del Romeral was added to it. Finally, in 1960-1970, both organizations were integrated in Loporzano.
      In March of 1099, Pedro I of Aragón gave to the monastery of Montearagón the church of Santa Eulalia, and the 2 of December of 1249, Jaime I gave the place to Artal de Foces. This same monarch would give later all it to the monastery of Montearagón, in exchange for Marcén and Pedrosas, and in ahead Santa Eulalia the Greater one would be of ecclesiastic domain.

      San Pedro is the holder of parochial church; a building of masonry and brick, constructed in century XVII, It has rectangular plant, with three ships, covers by starred vault..
     Santa Eulalia the Greater, is one of those places in which even knowing that the time is not stopped, certain sensation is even had that the clock goes slower. A permanent invitation exists to the withdrawal, the reflection, silence... The ascent by its uphill street - nonfree often of a incipient out of breath- it is going to gratify us with the contemplation of a spectacular and incomparable panoramic of 360º, from the highest in the town. We will be able to descry from there, the plains of the Hole of Huesca and the same mountain range of Guara, that seems to be able to touch with ours hands.
      In addition to already mentioned hermitage of Our Mrs. of Sescum, other dedicated to San Martín de la Val de Onsera exists, that includes the rest of an old monastery medieval, of irregular plant. The construction appears leaned and sheltered under a great salient rock. The group has been object of frequent restorations, because during years it presented/ an almost ruinous aspect. .

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      Near the urban nucleus of Santa Eulalia is the small village of Vadiello. To the North the dam of the same name extends, that supplies from water to the city of Huesca and towns of the Hole.


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* "Aragon town to town", by Alfonso Zapater

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