The Renaissance of Aragon at Fonz

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Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
20 April 2024 Saturday 17:02
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The Renaissance of Aragon at Fonz

* The author is part of the community of readers of La Vanguardia

Today I would like to show in La Vanguardia Readers' Photos some images taken in Fonz, in the province of Huesca. We could say that it is one of the meccas of the Renaissance of Aragon.

All of this is reflected above all in the episcopal palace, which houses the Renaissance Interpretation Center, and in a great jewel such as the palace of the Barons of Valdeolivos.

The latter dates back to the beginning of the 17th century. A century before, the fountain of six spouts was built in stone, which I have also portrayed in this report.

It is a beautiful source that provides us with two important pieces of information. The first is to remind us that in this town we can find abundant constructions related to water. And the second is that precisely this square where the fountain is located is cataloged and/or declared as a Historical-Artistic Monument.

Although Fonz also has its recent history, related to the civil war, in the form of defensive positions and the location for an artillery battery.

Following the history that surrounds this town and without further delay, we finish with Mercromina. For those who don't know what it is, Mercromine would be the current equivalent of Betadine. Basically, it is a disinfectant for human skin.

And some will wonder what this treatment has to do with this town. Well, the story comes from the fact that its inventor (Irene Monroset) was born precisely in this town. A curiosity of those that leaves you with that "wow!".

Without a doubt, I did not expect that this small town would hide so much history, such beautiful houses and buildings, some streets and squares so wide and, above all, so much historical importance.

A story that still has a few more chapters to discover but that I encourage you to do for yourself. So when traveling, the most important lesson is to go to small towns without prejudices and above all with the desire that their life, history and people surprise and captivate you.

The Renaissance church that has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest by the Government of Aragon. This beauty has three separate naves, a star-shaped ribbed vault and was also built with stone from the quarry of this same town.

Once it was built and the time came to pay the builders, they were not only paid with money. And this is where the curious fact comes, which deserves to be told. In addition, they were paid with fifteen days worth of cereal, wine and oil obtained by the neighbors over a period of sixteen years!

The church was blessed by a vicar in December 1616 and, a few months later, was consecrated by Bishop Francisco Virgilio. Although beyond its stories, its great beauty stands out.