The works of the Monastery of San Victorián (Huesca) highlight the mill and the oven of the enclosure


The work prior to the restoration of the Monastery of San Victorián (Huesca), carried out by the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage of the Government of Aragon, brought to light the mill and the oven of the monument.

These actions, for which the Ministry of National Education, Culture and Sports has allocated more than 50,000 euros, began at the end of October and constitute the previous stage of the work to consolidate the abbey palace, which will be carried out in 2023. , with an estimated amount of 620,000 euros.

All actions will be financed by European Next Generation funds through the Recovery Plan, Resilience Transformation, they indicated from the Government of Aragon.

The Director General of Cultural Heritage of the Government of Aragon, Marisancho Menjón, highlighted “the great artistic and heritage value” of this monument, declared a Property of Cultural Interest (BIC) in 2002. Likewise, Menjón appreciated the discovery of the mill and oven of “this space so important for the history of Aragon and one of its main tourist centers”.

The object of the action was to clean the bodies added to the abbey palace on its southern facade, in order to analyze the water pipes that crossed the area of ​​​​the old mill, as evidenced by the plan of 1853.

This area has been heavily affected by settlements, probably caused by loss of water, collapsing roofs and slabs, and abundant plant growth, which have made it virtually inaccessible. For this reason, its cleaning was necessary to know the general state of the constructions.

In these works, the mill was discovered, with its complete rodezno mechanism, shaft, sword and, above, the millstones. Likewise, the monastery oven in the exedra added to the south wall was unearthed, in perfect condition.

previous performances

The project of previous actions raised the need to remove the existing materials in some rooms of the southern area of ​​the abbey palace, with the aim of deepening the knowledge of the monument, all under archaeological control.

On the other hand, the consolidation of the northwest wing of the abbey palace, with an execution period of nine months, aims at the restoration and consolidation of this space, since it is an area in a state of advanced deterioration. The underpinning of the foundation, the restoration of the vertical walls, the bracing of the slabs and the replacement of the roof are planned.

Investment

Since 2005, the government of Aragon has invested more than one million euros in this enclave. This year, a series of works to consolidate its structures began, which was followed by the fitting out of the complex for guided tours and performances in the refectory and the library. Later, already in 2017, the walls and the perimeter tower were intervened and the old path of the royal monastery was recovered.

A year later, the necessary conditioning and security actions were carried out for the incorporation of new spaces of the monastery into the route of the guided tours, in particular the area of ​​the orchards of the priest and the nuns, their enclosures and the routes annexes. .

Thus, the removal of vegetation in the factories, the clearing and clearance of debris on the ground, the control and archaeological monitoring, the sealing of cracks in the walls, the consolidation and reinforcement of the vaults, the consolidation of the jambs and lintels in arches and openings, the reopening of blind openings, among other actions, for an amount of 20,000 euros.

During this same year 2018, an additional 20,000 euros were allocated to improve the lighting of the temple, thanks to an agreement with Red Eléctrica de España, which improved visibility inside the tower and the monastery.

Thus, a power line was installed which starts from the outside of the hotel building and reaches the tower, after crossing the main patio and the cloister. The luminaires used are LED and low consumption and are oriented so as not to cause glare or light pollution.

Already in 2021 works were carried out in the courtyard of the abbey palace, with an investment of around 58,000 euros. The purpose of this action was to continue to expand the visitable area of ​​the monastery, as well as to deepen the knowledge of the property. Likewise, the clearing of the surface has been carried out, the removal of rubble with archaeological monitoring, the consolidation of the walls and the improvement of the carpentry to improve the safety of the visit.

Thus, at the end of the current legislature, the Government of Aragon will have invested a total of 1.7 million euros in this monument since 2005. To the aforementioned actions are added the drafting of a historical study and the drafting of an Archaeological Action Master Plan for the sum of 8,000 euros.

In another sense, an agreement was signed between the Department of Education, Culture and Sports, Tourism of Aragon, the region of Sobrarbe and the town hall of El Pueyo de Araguás to promote guided tours of the royal monastery, tourists and locals. can visit this enclave on December 6, 8 and 11, in two passages, at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

saint victorian

The Monastery of San Victorián has been classified as an Asset of Cultural Interest in the category of Monuments since March 2002. It constitutes a monastic architectural ensemble from the 16th century made up of different buildings, located in a mountainous and isolated place and surrounded by a walled enclosure.

The monastery compound is made up of an abbey house, a hospedería and two rectangular buildings arranged around an open space with a fountain and a cross. In the center is the cloister of the community, whose eastern bay is the only vestige of the medieval construction on which the new monastery was built.

The 18th century church has three naves, originally covered with a barrel vault with ribbed glasses, and a straight apse. Attached to the church, there is a large tower with a square plan and two bodies in height, behind which was the cemetery.

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