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PATRIMONIO MUNDIAL PYRÉNÉES-MONT PERDU

Paisaje: naturaleza y cultura

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Escuaín


This village is situated 1,209 m up in the mountains and seems suspended from its cliff overlooking the deep Yaga River gorge, surrounded by high peaks and woodland of outstanding botanical interest, one of the most spectacular spots in the entire Pyrenean chain.



The village is distributed along various streets and paths that link the houses built of masonry, roofed with slabs and equipped with large chimneys in the shape of a truncated cone.
A number of the houses still have additional features such as their bread ovens and some of the lintels over doors and windows are inscribed with dates carved in the 17th century.



The Church of San Pedro, dating from the 16th century and altered in the 17th, stands in the centre of the village. It is freestanding and oriented north-east. Built of masonry rendered with argamasa (a mixture of lime, sand and water), it is rectangular in floor plan and has a narrower straight chancel.



The village economy was traditionally based on livestock, managed according to the traditional practice of transhumance. The village population in 1857 stood at 99 residents, but during the 20th century it fell dramatically, so much so that for a number of years nobody lived here at all.
Escuaín is the starting point for a number of outings, among others to the head of the Yaga River or to the nearby vantage points where you can see birds of prey and carrion birds high up in the sky above the incomparable setting of the gorge cut by the river.


The village population in 1857 stood at 99 residents, but during the 20th century it fell dramatically, so much so that for a number of years nobody lived here at all.
Escuaín is the starting point for a number of outings, among others to the head of the Yaga River or to the nearby vantage points where you can see birds of prey and carrion birds high up in the sky above the incomparable setting of the gorge cut by the river.