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Villamaderne

Villamaderne

The village lies in the centre of the valley, to the left of the fertile lowland or wide corridor which defines the Omecillo catchment area and close to the road running from Burgos to Bilbao via Orduña. Its houses sprawl over a gentle slope, the mean height above sea level being 550 metres.

Villamaderne is situated along the course of various routes travelled from time immemorial owing to the Valdegovía valley being one of the intermediate lands linking the Castilian tableland with the sea. Its position near the salt-producing centre of Salinas de Añana meant that it also came to form part of the network of salt paths and trails.

Calendar of Fiestas

Architectural heritage

•Parish church

The parish church is dedicated to San Millán. There are several Romanesque remains in its two doorways, one of which is today blocked up. At the beginning of the last century, the church was enlarged and various features of its original construction concealed. These have now been uncovered once again thanks to the recent restoration work. The slender Romanesque belfry is perhaps the church’s most distinguishing aspect.

• Tower-Mansion house

The chief feature of the most important emblazoned house in this district is the fine, well-traced arching running round the south-east of the building and leading to the welcoming vestibule or porch that opens out to the south via four arch spans and a further three to the east, involving lowered arches with their internal stretches resting on Tuscan stone pillars. Brick and masonry are used for the boundary walls .

• Mill

The mill is reached via a downhill path, starting out from the hermitage on the other side of the road. It is strategically situated, sheltered by a bend in the river that also serves in connection with the channel for the water supply to power the mill. While the mill is still standing, this is not the case with the accompanying auxiliary structures, bearing witness to a very simple and modest conception.

• Hermitage

Santa Lucía hermitage stands next to the road, close to one of the village access roads. Its construction is typical of such rural hermitages, distinguished in this case by a small porch that is entered through a large, Roman arch.

• Venta Blanca

The former wayside inn or ‘venta’ also known "La Venta de Burguillos" stands adjacent to the main road, and is close to other former wayside stops that are likewise known as ventas de Burguillos, the latter belonging to Cárcamo. The building in question comprises an extremely large room accompanied by other, smaller structures used for complementary purposes. The façade that looks out over the road shows the different building materials employed, masonry for the ground floor and timber framework with plastered brickwork on the upper floors .

• Coats of Arms

• Stone bridges

• Trio of basic services

- Fountain
- Wash-house
- Drinking-trough

The traditional trio of basic public services, namely fountain, wash-house and drinking trough, is to be found near the church. The body of the fountain is set into a masonry wall. The fountain has a body with the trough projecting out from the bottom, while above are the water spouts and a plaque showing the date of construction (1864). The substantial body topped by a cornice is finished off by a sculptural stone cup. The drinking-trough lies along the whole length of the back of the wall

Social and Cultural facilities

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Skittle-alley Social Centre

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