Huesca (pronounced “WEHS-kah” [ˈwes.ka]) holds a commanding position on the plains just outside the foothills of the Pyrenees—the historic core of the medieval kingdom of Aragón. In the surrounding region outposts like Loarre, Sos del Rey Católico, and Jaca whisper memories of a time when “Spain” was merely a collection of ragtag lordships based in the mountains.
|A café bombón or espresso + sweetened condensed milk|
|Romanesque sculpted column capitals, Monastery of San Pedro el Viejo|
The small cloister was bounded by pairs of columns that shared ornate capitals (the part on top). But instead of the simple “banana-leaf” capitals that Romanesque sculptors often added, the craftsmen at work here turned these column capitals into a “poor man’s Bible,” much like stained glass was used in the Gothic era for illiterate churchgoers. These highly-detailed bas-relief sculptures depicted the life and passion of Jesus as well as medieval legends and dragons. All four of the cloister’s hallways had these double-sided capitals to admire, so there was a lot to take in.
|Cloister, Monastery of San Pedro el Viejo|
|“We spend a lot of time dreaming but very little trying to make those dreams come true”|
|West façade of Huesca’s cathedral|
|Courtyard in the provincial museum|