Mills in Alto Aragón
harinero, central eléctrica
is situated near Ordesa National Park.
Find Fiscal on the main road between L'Ainsa and Broto – Torla.
Cross the river towards the village centre. You'll find the mill
next to the village side of the bridge. The open air museum for the
batán of Lacort
The mill takes water from the Río Ara.
When we first visited the mill locks and bars kept people out
but rain and wind had free reign through the broken windows. Since then maintenance
and improvements have been carried out and the mill is now open as a tourist information
center during the summer months.
Pictures: 26.XII.2001, 22.VIII.2006
Mill in December 2001
Mill in August 2006
The front wall shows traces of
an old signboard full of historical meaning.
It says LA UNION ELECTRO-HARINERA and evocates the first third
of the 20th century when many mills installed a generator and thus could
generate extra income from electricity.
At the base of the front wall
—just above street level and situated below the middle window—-
the top stones of an arch can be seen. It is the place where the water from
the channel (1) enters the mill. Inside, in the basement, rests the turbine.
(1) Canal with batán (left) and harinero (far left)
dips under the road (1) and has a new branch towards the batán.
It then runs as a narrow and deep channel through the meadows (2)
towards the camping (3) and there turns and continues its way
along the river.
The supply channel then becomes broad
and shallow (4). Some parts are closed or reinforced with masonry (8).
The last stretch (6, 7) runs in the riverbed and ends with a huge door (5).
The last picture (9) shows the outside part of the channel. Notice
the Valve (A), the river (B) and the dam guiding the water to the
(7) Channel with Río Ara