Serrablo Churches RouteValle de Tena
The Serrablo Route is made up of fourteen churches, unique in the world of art, since they have peculiarities of their own that give them great singularity.
They are located on the left bank of the Gállego River and, from south to north, are: Ordovés, Lasieso, Arto, Isún, Satué, Lárrede, S.Juan de Busa, Oliván, Orós Bajo, Susín, Basarán (transferred to Formigal ), Otal, S. Juan de Espierre and San Bartolomé de Gavín. Apart there are some isolated remains that denounce the existence of more churches belonging to this group: Cartirana, Yésero, Sta. María de Espierre, Sta. María de Gavín, S. Urbez, etc.
The dissemination of these churches, practically unknown until a couple of decades ago, was made possible thanks to the investigations of A. Durán and to the work carried out by the association "Friends of Serrablo".
Recently, it has been possible to verify the controversy that has given rise to the typology of this group of churches; Thus, while some researchers claim to be Roman-Lombard, others defend their mozarabism.
Chronologically they have to be dated between the middle of the tenth century and XI.
The most peculiar of the churches in Serrablo is the apse, the most generalized being the semicircular which, on the outside, presents a curious combination of two distinctly decorative elements: the frieze of carabiners and the blind mural frames.
In addition to the Mozarabic and Romanesque churches, this region offers the visitor the possibility of contemplating other elements of interest. As an example, the altarpieces of Osán and Yebra, Gothic and Renaissance, respectively, without forgetting the numerous baroque altarpieces scattered by several churches.
Also in the Diocesan Museum of Jaca, several Romanesque and Gothic paintings of the region of Serrablo are conserved: Susín, Sorripas, Ceresola, Orús, etc.
More information: https://www.pirineosaltogallego.com/culture/serrablo-churches