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Number 94. March of 2006Spanish language Principal menu

Navarra's square, in Huesca

Geographical and referencial
center point of the city

     Although the city of Huesca possesses streets, corners and squares of rancid ancestry, without a doubt the square of Navarrese enjoys much more popularity. Be for the vicinity with the porchs (los porches) or the "4 corners" (Cuatro esquinas) or Cosos (two importants streets),... this square of rich personality, monopolizes good part of the social protagonism of the city. It has been known and it's known for several names: square of the Casino, square of Camo (old edil), square of Zaragoza (vicinity to the highway of Zaragoza), square of Navarrese (in honor to the Navarreses of the third of Doña María of Nieves -a military ground troops-), ....
      After their first sketches, it was secured like urban space by virtue of the group of performances guided to be able to enlarge the city toward the South. In it, the old entrance roads coming from Zaragoza -that today is the street of Alcoraz- and the old one on the way to the station converge, already denominated street of Zaragoza.
     With the supply of water to the city concluded in 1885, to this square was endowed of a source, prepared in the center and with space landscaped around it. The called source of the Muses, is a work of D. Federico Villasante Milón (architect) and D. Enrique Blondeau (sculptor); it constitutes an ornamental group with marked character classicist. It has a circular compound element in stone for a vessel with central pedestal on which the sculptural piece raises, in fused iron. The composition is upward, very French, with exempt different figures and another figures embedded around the central nucleus.
     All the buildings that define the contour of the square, can show off of showing architectural remarkable styles. Even the most modern evidences a careful refinement in their contemporary architectures.
   The "oscense" Circle or "casino", located in the nº 4 of this square, is a singular piece in which the urban different aspects converge besides those of their own architecture. It is a work of D. Ildefonso Bonells Rexarch and it dates of 1901-1904. Of a part, its strategic location between the old highway of Zaragoza and the access road to park of Miguel Servet, makes it highlight as an urban primordial element. On the other hand, the disposition of its stairway and terrace, overturned toward to the square contributes to fix its image, in full integration with the environment of the square. The building is adjusted fully to the modernist rules. It is a piece that is faithful reflection of the push of the bourgeoisies of these times as much in the exterior as in interior.
     In the nº 7 of the square, we will find Santa Teresa's Church, a work of Juan Puente and Juan Nadal, among the years 1641 - 1704. The barefoot Carmelite were installed at a principle in the environment of the church of the Temper, but in 1674, the community moves to its convent (in this location) that today has disappeared except its church and the cloister.

      The convent will be affected later by the town reformations of the second half of the XIX century, being included in the houses-group formed by the streets of Zaragoza and Alcoraz. That reformation, provokes the creation of a minuscule square before that small church, baroque, built in brick and stone-walll. The exterior is flat, finished off with curved fronton, with central óculo -round central window-.
     The old "Delegation of Treasury", is in the nº 11 of the square, it dates of 1927 and it is a work of the architect D. Bruno Farina González-Novelles. Together with the modernist image of Cículo Oscense, provides a very representative character to the Square of Navarrese. The piece is markedly historicist, with different stylistic repertoires of a final result very in agreement with the architectural rules of the Aragonese mansions. It is a composition biaxial, developed in three plants and supported in a wide skirting-board that unifies its appearance. The accesses, are porticos of baroque inspiration, replete of ornamental elements.
      It completes the profile of the square remodeled buildings of bank entities, offices, trade and a very peculiar innkeeper establishment, the new "Granja Anita", historical and traditional place to have breakfast, to have a snack or simply to be with the friendships or family. Previously to the Granja Anita, it was the Fajarnés inn - famous for its rice with milk - from where the diligence that led to Almudévar left. Afterwards, years later, will make it the bus.
     The square of Navarrese, nowadays, continues being meeting center, wait place, place where to take the sun or the shade, where many of our olders frequents their gatherings and count their curious adventures. It is as that beloved square of the town that as in the villages and places of AltoAragón (Upper-Aragon), continues alive in the city.

      This square, is also a witness and stage of punctual events, so much for San Lorenzo festivals when it takes its biggest participation in the final strake of the parties, as for the end of Christmas, when the Magicians Kings coming from East, summon the children of Huesca in a party and a full show with emotions, sound, light and color.


* "Huesca, Architecture Guide",, by José Laborda Yneva

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