Tourist Office: Plaza de Luis López Allué, s/n - 22002 Huesca
Tel. +34 974292170 In the fertile county of La Hoya lies Huesca, which has a history going back more than two thousand years. El Coso, on the line of the old medieval walls, marks out an interesting network of streets presided over by the Cathedral.Museums Film Festival Huesca Film Festivalhttp://www.huesca-filmfestival.com/en/index.htm Historical Buildings and Places of InterestMuseums
Museo de Huesca - Huesca MuseumContact Address:
Plaza Universidad, 1 22002 Huesca (Huesca)
Tel. +34 974220586 Tel. +34 974238319 / Fax +34 974229388 From prehistory to Goya
Founded at the end of the 19th century, it is located in the old Sertoriana University, a civil construction in Baroque style.
Archaeology and Fine Art are the museum's mainstays, with items that go from prehistoric times through to medieval statues. There are also remains from the old Roman necropolis of Coscujuela de Fantova, along with Iberian artefacts. Furthermore, it has a collection of canvasses dating from the 15th-20th centuries. Special mention here should be made of the Gothic paintings and panels, lithographs from Goya's "Bulls of Bordeaux" series, and the complete works of Ramón Acín. The old Royal Palace building, alongside the museum, is used for temporary exhibitions.
Museum subject matter: Archaeology.
Information for visits
Timetables: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-2pm and 5-8pm. Sundays and public holidays, 10am-2pm. Closed: Mondays, 1 and 6 January, 24, 25 and 31 December.
Huesca celebrates its most important annual festival in August: the festival (or fiesta) of San Lorenzo (Lawrence), a native of Huesca martyred in 268 AD. The anniversary of his martyrdom falls on August 10. The fiesta starts on the 9th and finishes on the 15th. Many of the inhabitants dress in green and white for the duration of the fiesta.
San Lorenzo, born in Huesca, was bishop of Rome and martyred by the Romans, burned on a grille (at least according to legend). Hence the grille is the symbol of San Lorenzo and it can be seen in a number of decorative works in the city.
Huesca is also the birthplace of film director Carlos Saura and his brother Antonio Saura, contemporary artist. There is an international film festival held annually in the city.
The celebrated illustrator Isidro Ferrer, though born in Madrid, lives in the city Huesca is notable for the saying "Tomorrow we'll have coffee in Huesca", a running joke among militiamen of the Spanish Civil War. In February 1938, George Orwell was stationed near the falangist-held Huesca as a member of the POUM militia. In Homage to Catalonia, Orwell writes about this running joke, originally a naïvely optimistic comment made by one of the Spanish Republican generals:
Months earlier, when Siétamo was taken, the general commanding the Government troops had said gaily: 'Tomorrow we'll have coffee in Huesca.' It turned out that he was mistaken. There had been bloody attacks, but the town did not fall, and [the phrase] had become a standing joke throughout the army. If I ever go back to Spain I shall make a point of having a cup of coffee in Huesca.
Orwell never did: but the Indian writer Shashi Tharoor fulfilled his wish, on his behalf, in 1980, and has written about the experience
Huesca is also famous for the legend of the Bell of Huesca.
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