Castejón de Sos

It is a municipality located in the Alto Ésera area, northeast of the province of Huesca, in the heart of the Pyrenees and in the historic County of Ribagorza. It is integrated by the nuclei of Castejón de Sos, Liri, Ramastué and El Run. Located at 904 meters of altitude, its climate is not extreme in winter to be protected from the north winds, keeping in summer some mild and pleasant temperatures.

At present, Castejón de Sos is characterized by being a Regional Service Center, including among others a Health Center with a 24-hour guard service. Due to its geographical location it is the main communication hub of the Zone, being an ideal starting point to know other areas of the Pyrenees such as the valleys of Ordesa, Pineta and Chistau in Huesca and Aran Valley, Bohí -Taüll and Aigüestortes, in Lleida.

Its tourism infrastructure makes it possible to choose the type of accommodation and services that may be of interest to each of its visitors: from hotels and family hostels, green or rural tourism apartments, to a comfortable campsite located next to the sports facilities available to the public municipality.

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Town hall website:

http://www.castejondesos.es/

 

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Castejón de Sos and its `very deep roots`

Author: Julio ALVIRA BANZO 09/ 11/2008 from “el Diario del Alto Aragón”

Today we return to the Ribagorza, specifically to Castejón de Sos. It is located at the junction of the A-139, towards Benasque, and the N-260 in the direction of Pont de Suert. The paraglider has been one of the elements that, from a time to this part, have given great popularity to Castejón de Sos. It is possible that the visitor has Castejón de Sos simply as a reference in an excursion to the Benasque valley or to the northernmost Ribagorza. You’re wrong if you have that idea.

The contemporaneity of the houses that are aligned around the street that serves as a crossing for this last road can mislead those who arrive for the first time to Castejón. Enrique Calvera, in a publication made on the new local parish and different places of interest in the environment in 1985, explains that there is a document that mentions this town, dated in the year 988. He also adds that there is another documentary reference of 1003, which It refers to the place and its church. For this Manuel Iglesias Costa must affirm that Castejón `has deep roots in the old history of the country`.

Apart from the interest offered by the service sector, which is outstanding, you have to leave the car and take a quiet walk through its streets. Its urban plot forms curious corners or offers several houses highlighted by their size or the elements that compose it. Iglesias Costa, in his book `Arquitectura Sacra` (2003), states that` it is not easy in our rugged Pyrenean geography to stumble upon a town as horizontal and pleasant as Castejón`.

The Artistic Inventory of the Judicial District of Boltaña, coordinated by Manuel García Guatas (1992), includes several outstanding buildings in Castejón de Sos. Thus, Casa Seira mentions, with a gateway with a pointed arch and a shield. The Town Hall is a modern building, but there are elements of a previous building, such as the voussoirs of a door with a shield and the inscription `Gara` in the key and a pair of flat windows, all made of stone. The Cubera House is the largest in size. Luce shield, cover in the central section of the facade, higher than the rest. Finally, Casa Castel presents a semicircular arch door, with a shield in the key of the voussoirs that draw it.

Antonio Naval, in his book `The houses torreadas del Alto Aragón` (2007), indicates that Casa Cubera seems to be a work made between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries,` in which the tower forgets its primordial defensive reason to become a sign of distinction ` On another building of Castejón, called Casa Diamó, Naval understands that `in its current appearance it looks like a house with a tower, but it is a consequence of a partial regrowth`.

The old parochial church, work located according to different authors straddling the 16th and 17th centuries, was left without cult and was ceded to the City Council for socio-cultural use. It emphasizes his cover, `work tardorenacentista, realized in excellent work of stonecutting`, according to affirms Enrique Calvera in his mentioned publication. This building had to be built on the site that occupied a previous building, which would have left some of its walls. Of the primitive temple, says Calvera, `there are written news from the end of the tenth century`. The current temple is a work consecrated in 1973, according to the project of the Huesca architect Victorián Benosa.

Around the year 980 the castle of Castejón de Sos was raised, according to Fernando Galtier in his book `Ribagorza, independent county` (1981). It was about consolidating a territory in the face of the danger of the southern neighbor. Now, more than a thousand years later, the challenge is to fly in a hang glider over the Ribagorzano sky, descend from the peaks of the nearby Cerler station, enjoy the landscape of the area … and find a way of life in a rural that always has its drawbacks, different from those that occur in the urban world. From what you can see, there are no challenges here. Before, now and I suppose in the future.

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