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PEDROLA

33 km. from Zaragoza, on the road to Logroño, by the Imperial Channel of Aragón, the town of Pedrola offers an important architectural patrimony.

No doubt the Palace of the Dukes of Villahermosa is one of the most valuable civil buildings in Pedrola. It is said that Cervantes chose it as the setting for several chapters in Don Quixote.

The palace is built on the site where first stood the old fortress that was the home of the Lana family until the 16th century. Then, the current building was erected: a brick construction declared Historic-Artistic Monument in 1976.

Among the artistic patrimony kept in the palace we have to point out the existence of several important works by Goya: Aguatinta del Coloso (The Colossus Aquatint); La Carga de los Mamelucos (The Mamekuke Charge) -sketch on paper-; El Baile de Máscaras (The Masks Ball) -oil on canvas-; and an interesting half-length oil portrait of Ramón Pignatelli.

ADMISSION TIMES: Being a private property, the visits should be arranged beforehand.

ADDRESS: 6, Spain Square. Pedrola (Zaragoza). Phone: (976) 615011.

Pedrola

REMOLINOS

Remolinos is 36 km. from Zaragoza, in the high riverside of the river Ebro, on the way to Tauste. Tradition says its famous salt mines were already worked by Aníbal. Whether it is true or not, what we can assure is that the salt mines of Remolinos were very appreciated during the Roman domination and nowadays they are still successfully worked.

In the pendentives of the Parish church of Remolinos there are four oval paintings by Goya from 1772. They represent The Doctors of the Church, a topic present in several paintings of the Aragonese artist mainly due to the fact that they were commissioned works.

We must remark the colours and the brightness of the figure of San Agustín, as well as the dynamism and originality of San Gregorio’s composition.

ADMISSION TIMES:

Ask in the Town Hall, from Monday to Friday, from 9 to 14.
Phone: (976) 618001

HUESCA

The old capital of the Realm of Aragón does not lack in historic and artistic treasures to attract the visitor. The city does not lack either in charming corners inherited from different periods, full of a particular beauty and deeply rooted in history.

And, of course, there are first-rank facilities and services. Everything in Huesca invites you to stay and pay a deserved visit to the town.

One of its many focuses of interest is the Provincial Museum of Huesca, located in the building that was the residence of the Aragonese kings. Its construction dates back to the end of the 12th century and parts of the original building are still conserved: the Room of Doña Petronila, with round arches and carved capitals, and the Room of the Bell, where the famous episode of La Campana de Huesca (The Bell of Huesca) is said to have taken place. Later the building housed the Sertoriana University, the origin of higher studies in Aragón. Nowadays it is being remodelled.

In the museum, apart from the important collection of archaeological pieces and an interesting ensemble of Medieval paintings, the legacy of Valentín Carderera is kept, among which several works by Goya are outstanding.

The portraits of Doña Isabel de Borbón and Doña Margarita de Austria are two etchings by the Aragonese artist, from 1788, that you can enjoy in the museum, as well as the oil portrait of Don Antonio Veián y Monteagudo (1782).

On the other hand Los Toros de Burdeos (The Bulls of Bordeaux) are four expressive lithographies, executed with absolute perfection: El famoso americano Mariano Ceballos (The famous American Mariano Ceballos); Bravo Toro (Brave Bull); Diversión de España (Spanish Entertainment) and Plaza Partida (Divided Bullring) are the titles of the works printed in Bordeaux in 1825.

 

ADMISSION TIMES: From Tuesday to Saturday, from 9 to 14. Sunday, from 10 to 14. Closed on Monday.

ADDRESS: University Square. Phone: (974) 220586

Due to the remodelling works, it is advisable to phone first to know if the visit is possible.

SOME SUGGESTIONS

It is worth stopping in Huesca and knowing the streets, squares and monuments of the former capital of Aragón. Among other buildings worth seeing are the Romanesque church of San Pedro el Viejo, with its magnificent cloister; the cathedral, whose splendid Gothic tracery is built on what was an old mosque; the Town Hall, a beautiful example of Aragonese Renaissance civil architecture.

MUEL

The old Muslim town of Mulawala lies 27 km. from Zaragoza, in the direction of Valencia, in the middle of the valley of the river Huerva.

During this millennium, the town of Muel has kept a strong relation to the pottery art, which knew its highest splendour between the 15th and the 18th centuries. Numerous international museums conserve excellent pieces of blue and white Muel pottery, a form of art that was almost lost after the expulsion of the Muslims, but that has reappeared with new life in the current century.

In 1770 the hermitage of Nuestra Señora de la Fuente was built. A bit later, Francisco de Goya was asked to decorate the dome’s four pendentives with the topic The Doctors of the Church. The work was done around 1772.

Cer‡mica de Muel

The paintings represent San Agustín, sitting with a book in his hands; San Ambrosio, sitting in a discursive attitude; San Jerónimo, whose head has a high pictorial quality, and is as well in a discursive attitude; and San Gregorio, located over the altar, showing the most advanced artistic tendencies of the ensemble.

Apart from Goya’s pendentives and the characteristic Muel pottery, the traveller must also visit the church of San Cristobal, an interesting Baroque work from the 18th century.

View of Muel

ADMISSION TIMES: Ask at the Town Hall from 8 to 15. Phone: (976) 140001 and +34 976 140450

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If you want to extend your information on Aragon you can begin crossing another interesting route is the Mudejar, Patrimony of the Humanity, also you can extend your cultural knowledge on Aragon examining its municipal and institutional heraldry without forgetting, of course, some of its emblematics figures as Saint George Pattern of Aragon also book of Aragon.

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The information will not be complete without a stroll by its three provinces: Zaragoza, Teruel and Huesca and his shines, with shutdown in some of its spectacular landscapes like Ordesa, the Moncayo or by opposition the Ebro.

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