What to see in Huesca? Huesca is a city with endless charm and natural wealth, ideal for sightseeing within Spain, but in which we can also enjoy its architecture, history and culture that comes from the Romanesque period, in which we can appreciate the sacred art of its cathedral, monasteries, museums and castle, which he wants us to discover.
If you still do not decide to visit Huesca, here we give you 10 reasons enough for you to decide to walk its streets and learn more about its history.
Recommended places to see and visit in Huesca
1. Huesca Cathedral
With a Gothic style, the Cathedral of Huesca is located in the highest area of the hill where the city was founded. It is one of the architectural resources that, together with other buildings and the seat of the city council, make up the historic center of Huesca. It was built between the 13th and 16th centuries and is currently one of the characteristic icons that you cannot miss in this Spanish city.
It is marked by Spanish Renaissance sculpture and sacred art. Its main altarpiece represents the Passion of Christ and Damien Forment was sculpted around 1520 and 1533.
2. Monastery of San Pedro El Viejo
It is located in the old part of the city. It has undergone numerous transformations until it became the well-known Monastery of San Pedro El Viejo. According to archaeological sources, it was a Roman temple, then Visigoth, then Mozarabic and finally Romanesque, depending on the cultures that have occupied the place over time.
It was founded when Pedro I of Aragon conquered the city, recovering the old church that since then has been known by the pseudonym “El Viejo”. Around the year 1117, almost the entire Mozarabic structure was demolished to raise the monastery that after multiple modifications we know today.
3. Huesca Casino
It was built between 1901 and 1904. It was born as the headquarters of the Liberal Party, rising as the seat of the social and recreational club Círculo Oscense, which had been founded in 1877. For its development it opened gambling halls, for which it is known as the Casino of Huesca.
It has an avant-garde design that has been maintained over time with a social and cultural spirit. On its second floor, It houses the headquarters of the Ciudad de Huesca International Film Festival.
4. Museum of Huesca
The Huesca Museum houses a rich archaeological and fine arts collection. It is located in the building that was formerly the headquarters of the Sertoriana University, as well as the residence of the Kings of Aragon. From the old compound the Huesca Museum preserves the Throne Room, the Doña Petronila Room and the renowned Bell Room.
A collection of bullfighting lithographs called “Los Toros de Bordeaux”, a work by Goya stamped in 1825, can be admired in the Fine Arts section. The museum also exhibits the oil portrait of Don Antonio Beyán Monteagudo (characterized by being a renowned professor at the Sertoriana University).
5. Miguel Servet Park
Around seven hectares make up the natural lung of Huesca, the Miguel Servet Park. Around 1928 its construction began and in 1930 it was inaugurated. Part of its spaces belonged to the garden of the Palace of Lastanosa, which was in front of the church of San Vicente, demolished at the end of the 19th century.
Among the most outstanding works found in the Miguel Servet park are the Music Kiosk, dedicated since 2012 to “Maestro Sampériz”. As well as the Statue to the Fallen, carved in 1963 by the artist Ángel Orensanz.
6. Castle of Montearagón
The Castle of Montearagón was built for the accommodation of the army in 1086. It is located on the top of Monte Aragón and is made up of military residences and two religious temples. In the 12th century, it became the Abbey of Jesús de Nazaret de Montearagón, under the figure of the patron Saint Augustine. Counting, with a wide influence on more than 100 churches with their villas in the Hoya de Huesca.
Abandonment, fire and civil war reduced the castle, which is surrounded by walls and flanked by dark stone towers, to ruins. It should be noted that during 1931 this castle was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument.
7. Diocesan Museum
The Diocesan Museum exhibits important collections of sacred art from Aragon. It is located inside the Gothic-style cathedral, dedicated to the Savior and Saint Peter. It was born in 1945 with the purpose of safeguarding the so-called Treasury of the Cathedral.
The museum currently has a Chapter Room and Anteroom for goldsmithing. In addition, it also has cloisters for medieval sculpture and a Parish, destined to expose everything related to Renaissance and Baroque art. In its spaces, works from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries are exhibited, showing the pictorial character of the Middle Ages in Aragon, as well as collections from the Renaissance, Baroque, as well as Romanesque and Gothic art.
8. University Square
The Plaza de la Universidad in Huesca is a space dedicated to art and Huesca history. It is located in the historic center of the city and marked by a splendid architectural complex in which monumental buildings are erected. Among these he holds the building of the Huesca Sertoriana University and former Palace of the Kings of Aragon.
Since 1984, the square houses a monument to Ramón y Cajal, made up of a bronze head that represents this Aragonese doctor.
9. Parish of Santo Domingo and San Martín
A valuable jewel of Huesca’s heritage is the church of Santo Domingo y San Martín. It was founded in 1954 and is the oldest in the province, after the Monastery of San Pedro El Viejo. The church of Santo Domingo had been built outside the walls, with the purpose of being the burial place of Santo Domingo. In 1936, it was converted into a parish and later unified with that of San Martín, of which its High Altar is preserved.
In addition, in the parish of Santo Domingo and San Martín, the Cofradía de la Veracruz is established, existing since 1587.
10. Basilica of San Lorenzo
It is a baroque-style structure built on a Romanesque temple, located in the Plaza de San Lorenzo, around 1608 and 1703. It was built on the site where the parents of San Lorenzo, Patron Saint of Huesca, lived.
Pope Leo XIII gave it the title of Basilica. The architecture of the temple has a Renaissance influence, although its interior is Baroque. It was declared as Asset of the Cultural Heritage of Aragon, along with the furniture contained in the temple.
Map with 10 places to visit in Huesca
What to visit in the Province of Huesca?
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Gastronomy in Huesca
The gastronomic variety in Huesca is marked by products grown in the region, along with game meats and accompanied by Somontano wines.
There are numerous traditional recipes that have passed from generation to generation. The Huesca or garlic soup, the Ternasco de Aragón, the salads, legumes or vegetables, the lamb a la pastora and a variety of sausages, are characteristic of the Spanish province.
As for desserts, there are a variety of delicacies such as the glories of Huesca, marzipan chestnuts and Almudévar braid.
The so-called square by Luis López Allué in Huesca it is a quite popular place for tourists. It is, it is surrounded by imposing and varied buildings. In addition, it is also often known as ‘market place’ (because until 1976 in its center the food market was located).
It is a place surrounded by commercial establishments, restaurants, bars. Furthermore, dances are held there during the San Lorenzo festivities.
Shopping in Huesca
In addition to traditional gastronomic products, such as artisan cheeses, wine with the Somontano Designation of Origin, sausages, honey from the pre-Pyrenees and traditional sweets, in Huesca there are a variety of souvenirs to choose from.
Magnets, mugs, key rings, T-shirts, thimbles, fans and resin figures, alluding to emblematic places such as the Cathedral of Huesca, Las Pajaritas or the Snow White House in Miguel Servet Park, are some of those details that the visitor can acquire to take home.
The main festivities and traditions in Huesca are dedicated to its patron San Lorenzo. In addition, other festivals are held, among which the Bielsa carnival, the Candelera Fair in Barbastro, the day of exaltation of the Ansó costume and the San Mateo Festivities, in Monzón.
Festivities in honor of San Lorenzo
From August 9 to 15 of each year the Huesca festivities are held in honor of San Lorenzo. These festivals, during the year 2001, were declared of Tourist Interest of Aragon, while in 2005 they were recognized as a Festival of National Tourist Interest in 2005.
On August 10, the central day of the Saint, a procession in his honor and the pontifical mass take place, in addition to other religious, recreational and traditional activities.
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