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PATRIMONIO MUNDIAL PYRÉNÉES-MONT PERDU

Paisaje: naturaleza y cultura

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Sercué


This small hamlet situated at an altitude of 1,207 m on the slopes of Mondoto lies in a favoured spot at the confluence of the Aso and Bellos rivers in the middle of the Añisclo Canyon.



The stone houses here are large, roofed with slabs and have enormous chimneys in the shape of a truncated cone. Above the houses at the back are feed dispensers, hay barns and threshing floors.



The remains of the Romanesque Church of San Martín tell us that the origins of this village date back to medieval times.

The church is a small construction built of masonry laid in rows with ashlars at the corners. Its rectangular nave is divided into two bays and has an east-facing semi-circular apse.


It is recorded that on 13 December 1240, King Jaime I of Aragon gave Don Bertrán de Ahonés the honour of the Vió Valley and with it Sercué.


The village economy was traditionally based on livestock, managed according to the customary practice of transhumance. The village population in 1857 stood at just 35 residents. During the 20th century, the number of inhabitants fell to such an extent that for some years no-one lived here at all.