Mills in Alto Aragón - harinero
in the valley of the Río Vero near Barbastro. Both should be on any map.
From Barbastro's city center take the road towards Adahuesca and Alquézar.
Before you reach Castillazuelo take the branch to Salas Bajas and Naval.
You'll soon find a sand road leading down into the valley at your left.
Drop the car and walk this road down towards a bush of high trees hiding the
mill. The mill receives its water from the Río Vero.
This visit is perhaps also a good occasion to taste some wine.
(1) Molino San Marco
he mill (also known as
Molino San Marco
) is only part of a huge building with two
entrances. The picture shows the part with the living quarters. From the front
door a monumental corridor brings you to the mill proper at the other
side of the construction. The workplace is waiting from behind the arch.
The ceiling partly came down, unfortunately exactly above the milling installation.
Two pairs of stones are mounted on a wooden
case housing turbines and gearboxes. Each pair of stones was dressed with an octogonal
guardapolvo. A small door at each short side of the case gives access
to the inner bearings. The front side features a wheel controlling the engine.
Look around and you will find the regular
stuff like tolva, farinal, bolting machine and corn sifting machine.
(5) corn sifting machine
(6) bolting machine with farinal
(7) detail of sifting machine
he mill gets water from
the Río Vero. The capture point is several kilometers and two
villages stream up near Panzano. The channel first brings water to the
other mill in Castillazuelo (Molino Tricas) and then continues its way further down
towards San Marco. (Read more about this channel in Pallaruelo
The rear wall features two empty
cárcavos and a big door giving direct access to the workplace. Centered
above the door is a plate (9) embossed with Commercial Union which
is a British Assurance company founded in 1861. The center of the plate features
a dragon between flames.
(9) Commercial Union