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Tuesta

Tuesta

The village of Tuesta is situated on level ground topping a hillock running basically north-south and dividing up part of the rich fertile land moistened by the river Omecillo. The hills of Salinas form the horizons to the east and south, while the striking limestone crags of Bachicabo and Berbeia stand further off to the west and south-west. The village is at an average height above sea level of 549 metres.

Calendar of Fiestas

Architectural heritage

There is an interesting variety of building styles and concepts spread around the village, some of them dating back to the XVI and XVII centuries. They range from the emblazoned, pompous manor house to the more modest properties typical of the rural village environment in the region

•Coats of Arms

This small village still has a number of fine houses that once belonged to important families, as the coats of arms on their façades testify. As many as eight of these emblazoned façades may be admired on buildings whose occupants once took part each year in the Assembly of Noble Knights of the Royal Valley of Valdegovía, held on the open land of Angosto.

However, it is perhaps the parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción that deserves most attention.

•Parish Church

Tuesta is one of the places most often cited, not only within the province, as possessing a fine parish church based on pre-Gothic concepts. It is in fact a superb example that represents Alava during the transition from the Romanesque to the Gothic. Its exact date of construction is not known, although most of it probably dates from the second half of the XII and first half of the XIII centuries .

The doorway is a fine piece of work, with decoration portraying a series of angels and human beings, wild beasts and monsters, birds and vegetables in a number of highly interesting scenes .

The porch is very much later than the main body of the church, dating back to 1795.

On entering the church, the vault is worthy of admiration: not large yet well-proportioned, fortified by arrises resting on pillars making up five sides, each of which has its own window.

The altarpiece, moved from its original location, was carved during the late XVI century. Another of the church’s interior treasures is a magnificent sculpture of the Virgin Mary.

•Mill

•Way of the Cross

An admirable and exceptional Way of the Cross, indicated by a series of stone markers, lines the path up to the cemetery

•Trio of basic services

- Fountain
- Wash-house
- Drinking-trough

Traditional fountain, drinking-trough and wash-house

Interestingly, the covered wash-house has kept in one corner a chimney and the circular trough into which ash was tipped for bleaching clothes

Social and Cultural facilities

Sports Facilities Services
Skittle-alley
Pelota court
Social Centre
Picnic area

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