Huesca temática

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Liesa village

In the Valley of Huesca
bordering to Somontano of Barbastro

      It is a place of the county of Huesca, belonging to the municipality of Siétamo. It had 57 inhabitants in the year 2003. Its altitude is of 518 meters on the sea level. It's from Huesca 19 kilometers. Gentile: "liesano".
      The deviation for Liesa arises a little kilometers of passing Siétamo, in route toward Barbastro, to the left. From the capital, the journey is only of 19 kilometers. You is still inside the Valley (Hole) of Huesca, but already stepping in Somontano (Down Mountains). It is about a highly representative area, as much for its history as for the monuments. The traveler won't be defrauded in any case. The landscape breaks the monotony of the plain, with the foothills of Guara in the background. The gullies are outlined, barely deep but wide and generous the more than the times.
      The layout of the urban niucleus is quite irregular, distributed in three squares and seven streets. Don't lack the houses with arch of half point and "dovelas" framing the entrance door, wooden lathed balconies and windows. The seat stone is present in the baseboards and in the corners; the rest use being wall stone or of masonry. Nobiliary shields highlight in some facades. In 1834 it reached the municipal independence and it was constituted in City council, up to 1970-1980 in that it was united to Siétamo. Their first mention appears in "Cartulario of Montearagón", between January and February of 1104, with reason of the concord carried out by the bishop of Huesca and the abbot of the mentioned monastery. Half century later, in 1153, the bishop Dobón of Huesca gave Férriz the whole church of Liesa. Later on, August of 1357, Liesa belonged to Teresa Díaz of Mendoza. January of 1389, 22 it was of Miguel of Gurrea, and in hands of this family the place will be seen from now on. In the XVI century showed the dominion Juan of Gurrea, and in 1610, Gaspar of Gurrea, according to Labaña.
     The population overcame the 200 inhabitants in the century XIX already - 291 inhabitants registered the census of 1857 -, to begin an alarming descent in the first half of the last XX century. There was a primitive romanesque church, dedicated to San Pedro, of which speak the documents of the XII century already. Its remains were in an end of the urban nucleus, remaining in foot a part of the apse, the wall on the side of the Gospel and a chapel with pointed canyon vault and paintings murals of the XVI century. The parochial church that has arrived to our days was lifted in 1642. The tower steeple, however, seems quite later, of the XVIII century.

     Near to the town, on a hill, the hermitage of Our Mrs. of the Mount rises that was declared national monument due to the important paintings that conserves in its interior. Its factory is of the XIII century and consists of a ship of three tracts, with pointed vault and of half point. To the feet airy reed-mace rises. The murals paintings corresponded to beginnings of the XIV and XV centuries. Those on the side of the Gospel represent, in its central part, to San Vicente Martyr, and in the lateral ones is represented San Vicente's trip and his bishop Valero - then acolyte - to Valencia, "with the corresponding episodes of the young deacon that shines ecclesiastical vestments". In the side of the epistle is Santa Catalina, with scenes of her martyrdom and the apology of the Christianity opposite Majencio. These exceptional paintings, as well as the letters that appear under some scenes, belong to the purest Gothic style.
      Liesa celebrates several parties: bigger to first of August, on Tuesday of Pentecost, in commemoration of the discovery of some relics that had made a mistake in San Juan's night, in Foces. To this commemoration attend, as a rule, the devotes of the neighboring towns. So there is another smaller party in honor of San Sebastián, January 20. Also, San Antonio's abbot brotherhood celebrates the festival of this Sant.

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      The step of the highway for the town, is sinuous, encircled in curved to the structure of the church, so the traveler that goes in passing to the towns of Ibieca or Aguas, cann't imagine that leaves to his right hand an urban nucleus of a picturesque place, worthy of being visited.


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