Mills in Alto Aragón — aceitero


Palo's mill is situated in the middle of the fields between Palo village and Humo de Muro on the east-side of the Embalse del Mediano south of L'Ainsa. From Palo take the road towards Tierrantona. You'll first pass the branch leading to Santuario de Bruís and then reach a small bridge with a sand road starting just before it at your left hand. Walk this road and you will soon reach the mill. Unfortunately enough the building is in very bad shape. It's still a very impressive construction though.

Pictures: 31.XII.1996, 08.III.2005

(1) The mill of Palo in the landscape
(2) The mill in 2005; highest part = harinero;
behind the tree = aceitero

The aceitero was razed to the ground in 1996 not too long before our visit. I wonder why, because the site in 2005 doesn't look much changed.
Parts of the wooden press were dispersed all over the place and showed the effects of fire; tiled containers (pilas) were broken; a real pitty.

(3) The aceitero in 1996
(4) The aceitero in 1996

(5) The aceitero in 1996
(6) The aceitero in 2005

(7) Some nails of the press
(8) Año 1807

(9) The balsa in 1996 ánd 2005
Behind the opening in pict. (4) only one part of the industry barely survived the rage: the balsa where the olives were crushed before they were put under the press. (Read more about the procedure.)

The balsa has very high walls; in most cases the border is only some centimeters high (e.g. Troncedo, Coscojuela). The central axle is of wood and is driven by water power. A nice wooden axle (with equally wooden (?) rodete) is resting in the cárcavo below the floor.

Thus this mill had three rodetes mounted in two cárcavos. This asked for a lot of water. The mill therefore was equiped with an enormous reservoir situated behind the walls of both the aceitero and the harinero (see 3, 4, 11). The supply channels are filled up; I couldn't find any trace.

(10) Inside the cárcavo
of the oil factory
(11) The water reservoir;
the wall is the back wall of the aceitero

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