THE CITY OF HUESCA
The City of Huesca is full of history and legends. The oldest traces of human settlement in the area that Huesca occupies today date from the Neolithic Period. Huesca was an important Roman city (called Osca, hence the demonym “Oscense”). It was Muslim for four centuries until it was reconquered by King Peter I of Aragon and Navarre, who set the bases for its development into the Aragonese city that we know today.
Its most important monuments are the Medieval walls (9th century), the Romanesque church and cloister of St Peter the Old, the Royal Palace of the Kings of Aragon (where tradition locates the legend of the Bell of Huesca), the Medieval churches of Santa María de Salas, San Miguel and Santa María in Foris, the Gothic cathedral, the Town Hall (15th century), the Baroque churches of San Lorenzo and Santo Domingo, the octagonal building of the Sertorian University and the Modernist social “Casino.”
Huesca has an intense cultural activity: festivals, conferences, performances, exhibits, talks and conferences. It also hosts a film festival (June), an International Theater and Dance Fair (October), and an Art Festival (“Periferias,” in October). The city also holds a number of museums and sport events that attract many visitors.
Huesca is also well-known for its wines (D.O. Somontano) and its cuisine. Particularly famous is its national award winning confectionery.
Last but not least, the “Fiestas Mayores,” celebrated every year from the 9th to the 15th of August in honour of St Laurent, its patron-saint. As a form of celebration, the inhabitants of Huesca take to the streets dressed in white and green and with basil plants pinned on their lapels as a symbol of love.
THE REGION OF HUESCA
Places to Visit
The region also holds an important cultural heritage, with numerous examples of Romanesque art, as well as the architectural treasures that often marked the Aragonese rout to Compostel, to be found in towns such as Jaca (with its citadel and cathedral), Graus (with its Plaza Mayor), Alquézar (with its collegiate church), Roda de Isábena (with its cathedral), and so many others. The Castle of Loarre, the Romanesque monasteries of San Juan de la Peña, Santa Cruz de la Serós, Obarra, Aínsa, and Alaon, and the ancient stone bridges over secluded rivers are some of the sites that attract thousands of visitors every year, offering them the unadulterated beauty of times past.
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