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Bueño: a walk through the granaries

The granaries very close

Bueño: a walk through the granaries

The granaries very close

The density of hórreos and the good state of the same ones allow Bueño to presume to be a true village, of those that well deserve a attentive glance. Its roads and alleys, its quintanas and farms keep an essentially Asturian harmony; all an archetype of rural identity.

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A few 5 kilometers from Oviedo, the Asturian village has one of its greatest ethnographic glories in the town of Good (Ribera de Arriba). With 50 hórreos and paneras, it can almost be said that in this town there are as many Asturian granaries as there are houses.

The Asturian hórreo has a route ...

The mime to their heritage is really amazing and a well-marked interpretive route, "Paseo de los hórreos de Bueño", we are detailing in multiple panels (with texts and identifying drawings) the main characteristics of these centenary agricultural warehouses, as well as the name and number of pieces that compose it. A pleasant ethnographic walk that will allow us to observe granaries from different periods, from the 16th to the 20th century. Eleven of them were built during the 18th century. The oldest, dated in the sixteenth century and raised in the center of the town, stands out for the enormous thickness of its wooden beams, which testifies to the dense forests of the time. The oak and especially the chestnut, are the woods that grant the imperishable nobility to buildings that, in Bueño, we are scattered around the central core that form the laundry and the source of the village, traditionally Communal places. From this point the roads lead to Quintaniella and Llosalín, and from here the granaries are scattered along several narrow streets that occupy the width of the valley and follow each other almost without interruption. Most are in use, and many of them have varied, though modest, decorations: isolated, serial and circular motifs, engraved on the wood of the doors and the colonies of the granaries.

In Asturias there are counted 12.000 hórreos and paneras approximately. Rural decline always accompanies the abandonment of these barns and the consequent concerns for their conservation. Bueño wants to be the exponent of a change of trend, striving to maintain its rural wealth and being the headquarters of the first Interpretative Center of the Hórreo in the Principality, a museum installation in which, among many other things, the different models of cottages in the world are detailed, focusing on the Asturian decorative typology, which allows dividing all the hórreos of the region in three styles: Allande, Villaviciosa and Carreño, arranged according to the greater role of color and decoration. The first of these styles dates from the eighteenth and nineteenth century and is mainly associated with bread boxes. "Villaviciosa" is the first and oldest in the regional classification, and is usually characterized by an arch over the entrance door similar to the Romanesque covers. The "Carreño" style pays tribute to the Asturian municipality of the same name, where one of the largest concentrations of barns is located, widely decorated and endowed with one or two main doors and around a dozen or so.

The parts of the hórreo, from the pegoyos to the cantapaxarinos, without forgetting the colondras, will be part of this center that will open its doors in Bueño at the end of the 2007. The theoretical-practical approaches will also be included in it for the adequate valorization of this essential patrimony.

The town of Bueño ...

Well well worth a visit, because in this place, in addition to its unique heritage, we will be pleasantly surprised the town as a whole: caring, clean, neat, respectful of the environment and traditions. When entering it, the cornfields, orchards and fruit trees follow each other. A river endows this place with great agrarian fertility, and the restored quintanas and houses of work follow the architectural canons of the place: limestone of the zone that gives a rosy tone to the walls, balconies and wooden galleries in the facades, whitewashed with white tones and creams, garrets and eaves, etc.

Among its caleyas is also the small chapel of San Juan de la Mata, founded in 1725.

Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com

coordinates Latitude: 43.3162155 Length: -5.8946371


To get to Bueño, entering Asturias through León (A-66), 4 km. before arriving in Oviedo, take the 35 exit: "La Manjoya-Bueño-El Caleyo".

Once on the N-630, follow the signs "Bueño 1,5".

Entering Galicia, Santander, Basque Country ..., go to Oviedo. Once passed Oviedo, follow the A-66: "Exit 35 Riosa-Morcín Soto de Ribera".
At the N-630, turn left towards Oviedo and 200 mts., Left again, follow the "Bueno 1,5" indicator.

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