Mills in Altoaragón - harinero, aceitero

Torres del Obispo

Torres del Obispo is perhaps not that easy to find because it's not on the regular tourist track. From Graus take the main road to the south and after a while turn left for Benabarre. You'll soon reach Torres del Obispo. Straight on at the branch taking off to the left and leading to the village center. You'll shortly reach a crossroads with the southern entrance to Torres and a bridge giving access to a road with fast trafic. At the other side of the bridge a narrow road leads to Juseu. The mill is situated exactly at this point. The low stone walls are the top level of the milling complex.
The mill got water from the Barranco del Molino.

Pictures: 20.VIII.2006; Map: Inst. Geográfico y Catastral, 1952

 
 
Situation of the mill (1) Only the roof level is visible from the road (2)
 
The water mill of Torres del Obispo is an enormous building several storeys high hidden deep in a narrow valley.
The first thing you'll notice is the pond situated above and a bit behind the rest of the construction. The pond is level with the recently build road (2) and nothing gives a clue about the rest of the milling complex.
The connection between the Barranco del Molino and the pond (embalse) is lost due to the new road. But the rest of the pond (always indicated with blue arrow) with its walls of huge bricks converging to the saetín (inlet) is still intact (3).
 
The pond with brick walls (3) The pond with corn mill below (4)
 
Below the pond lies the harinero (corn mill, yellow arrow in 4,5 and 8) which opens to the east. The oil mill situated a level lower still, also opens in that direction (6, red arrow in 1 and 5). Both harinero and aceitero are built with their longest wall perpendicular on the axis of the main building. This is most obvious in the aceitero (clearly visible in 7). The machinery however is concentrated against the main building. That's were the power was.
 
Different sections seen from the east (5) Entrance of the aceitero (6)
 
Shown with a white arrow (1, 5, and 8) is what I think was and electric power station. It is a rather small room resting on top of the cárcavo (7) and through a small door connected with the aceitero at the same level. The main entrance to the central eléctrica is situated in the western wall. It's the only door at this side of the construction.
 
Cárcavo, power station and aceitero (7) Mill seen from the west (8)
 
 
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