Of Barbastro to the Congosto de Olvena
“an amiable city to take a walk by its Boulevard, or its narrow and porticadas streets that recalls some old commercial glories”
Our route by the Eastern Ribagorza is going to take to us by beautiful and simple places whose people keep a great human and landscaping quality. It is necessary to arrive until Graus but first, coming from Huesca by the A-22, we happened through Barbastro, the capital of the Region of the Aragonese Somontano, to borders of the Vero river. Before arriving at her, to five kilometers of the capital, watchman raises itself the Monastery of the Pueyo. Their origins go back to century XI. The Romanesque building was initially of style but it underwent important reforms in century XVI. With that vision in the high thing we are come near to Barbastro, a city of rich patrimony and historical commercial vocation.
Amiable and modern, Barbastro counts on a university center and a Palace of Congresses. Surrounded by vineyards, Barbastro and all their territory they have become one of the more important geographic points of the sector of the wine. Their “smooth, distant wines to the shattering Aragonese degree” are excellent to accompany the varied gastronomy by the country as the chireta or the famous longaniza of the Graus neighbor. The traveller can cross the multiple warehouses of the Somontano Appellation of origin through a tourist route of the wine, and enrich the route in the Museum of Vino, a located expositivo space in the old Hospital of Barbastro of the s. XIX. This building comprises of the Set of San Julian and Saint Lucia, an integrated monumental set in addition by the Church to San Julian, that welcomes the Center of Interpretation of the Somontano, and the bullring, today reformed, where the Bullfighting Museum can be visited. It is this place where to begin our visit to the city, before entering us in her and crossing his narrow streets full of history.
We direct our passages towards the Enclosure for bullfighting to arrive at the SEO of Santa Maria of Asuncion, the s. XVI, risen in the same place where a day the greater mosque was raised. Next to the SEO is the Episcopal Palace, headquarters of the Diocesan Museum Barbastro-Monsoon. From we went here towards the Palace of the Argensola, on the street of the same name, where Bartholomew and Lupercio de Argensola were born the Aragonese poets. Closely together we will look for the Place of the Market, whose support to them and popular air houses turn it into the ideal place for the rest in our stroll before following route.
We will leave Barbastro by the N-123 between vineyards, and after cross a river Cinca we will arrive at the towns of Estada and Estadilla under the Mountain range of the Carrodilla From this point to the bottom, the impressive mass of the Mountain Rock is already seen, and down, on waters of the marsh of the Degree, the religious set of Torreciudad. To few kilometers the highway leaves the Cinca to follow the course of the Esera river whose waters have opened to tip strong walls of the moving Congosto de Olvena.
Joint SEO and Diocesan Museum
Of gothic style, its inner development is Renaissance. It has plant of hall with three ships to the same height. Its constructed greater alabaster altarpiece was work of Damián Forment, the most famous sculptor of Corona de Aragón in that one time. The Episcopal Palace is the present diocesan museum. Constructed in the XVI, it has undergone numerous reforms and at the moment it reunites great part of the artistic patrimony of the diocese.
Somontano appellation of origin
The wine-making industry has been throughout history source of wealth for the Somontano. In the s. XX the Local Cooperative Somontano is born from the Sobrarbe and the Somontano Appellation of origin is approved. 4,400 hectares of vine and 15 varieties of grape feed the production on the 32 warehouses that comprise of the appellation of origin. The wine generates other cultural activities of leisure and as the Festival of Vino or the Route from Vino.