Murillo, a village full of live and history


Murillo de Gállego is old, very old. Streets are full history, facades of the houses are loaded of tiny and big details, go for stroll in the rocky streets that create this wonderful village. Back in the X century this settlement was found, a place where nature and people can live together. The trace that they have been leaving during all this time says so. This is something that you can´t miss.

Ethnological heritage


Murillo was charming back ago but now is even more magical, first settlements were at the top of Murillo, where the remains of the graveyard are. It was an independent kingdom from 1104 to 112. Queen Bertha was the second wife if the king Pedro I of Aragón, she ruled the kingdom of the Mallos. The king gave her Murillo, Riglos, Agüero and Marcuello. There are no many remains of the castle however we know the exactly area where it was, called A Torre. From there she could have controlled all the Galliguera, currently there is a geological park.


In the urban setting there is a web of streets that they have made based in the area conditions. Houses are mainly of made of stone with a garden wall, so it doesn´t make any shock to the landscape. Every time you walk around the city remember to pay attention to all the details because it will give you a clue of the period of the time it was made. There are lintels with inscriptions carved in Celtic, besides the ″religadas″. A ″religada″ is a from the aragonese, it makes reference to the protective symbols that you can find in the door, facade or charms in all over the Pyrenees.


In the Morería street, actually called Morera, you can find signs on the facades of the street, indicating the forced conversion to Christianity who were doomed the Moriscos who lived in the XVI and XVII centuries. We must remember that at that time about 20% of the Aragonese population had a Muslim origin.


Religious heritage


In the highest side of the village is the parish church of Virgen de La Liena, which, has been restyled, it has a geminate window with two arc in one of its walls from the mid X century. Besides the church there are rest remains of a medieval graveyard.


Anthropomorphic tombs carved in the rock still are in good state of preservation. You can find more information in the following website www.romanicoaragones.com


From a high point and ruling the views of Murillo is the church of San Salvador, considered a point of cultural interest,this is one of the highlights of the románico aragonés art, an important sort of art that dominated during the XI and XII centuries. The crypt of Saint Cristo stands up in this art, which has three chambers. There are only eight crypts registered in the peninsula and that makes this one special. The following website will provide you all the information you need about it: www.romanicoaragones.com


There are more Romanesque art in the area, very close and still in Murillo de Gállego is Concilio. Another Romanesque church is located here. The Virgen del Concilio, which is also considered a point of cultural interest and a national monument.

Chapels in the hill


Outside the downtown you can visit different chapels located in the Murillo hills. The chapels of Saint Ginés and Saint Juan de Barto.


Every year at the beginning of September there is an important mass and everybody goes to San Ginies.


The 22nd of June is Saint Juan de Barto, when there is another romeria.

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Not far from Murillo de Gállego, only 4 kilometers from there is Concilio, opposite the Mallos de Riglos and next to centenary oak forest. Its urban setting is in perfect conditions, after 8 centuries and still intact…Its chapel is the Virgen de Concilio. It has a romanesque origin and it was has been national monument since 1931.


By the church there is a straw loft ″Pajar de Chorra″ It still have in great conditions a mozarabic arc, the only remain of an important monastery from the Visigoths that got on fire mysteriously in 1215. The ″Pajar de Chorra″ was declared national monument alike.


Murillo de Gállego has more to offer yet, there is another district 2.5 kilometers from Santa Eulalia, it is Moran, located next to the Gállego river. A very interesting detail is that people have proved that the two first houses were made in the 1700 and one was made on the top side of the village and the other one at the bottom side, so that´s why the name of the places, ″Casa Alta″ (High house) and ″Casa Baja″ (Low house). Each house still has its winery, this show us the wine tradition in the area.


This small village seems as it was time ago, surrounded of hills and cliffs… The farming is in a rough and uneven land divided in stripes (″fajas″) by walls of stones (″margines″) creating terraces in the surface from where we can watch centenary and even millenary olives trees in addition of stunning almond trees and wineries.


We highlight the Moran´s fountain placed at the edge of the village, next to the cliff, with a fine sightseeing surrounded of pines.

Folklore, traditional festivities and popular traditions


There is no doubt that even though Murillo is an old place nowadays is full of life, history and traditions as you have seen.


There are several traditions in the village, the patron saint for Saint Bartolomé is an special day for everybody. The most important day is the 24th of August, there are plenty of things to do and see. At the very beginning we start ringing the bells with a turn over and a curious ″sainete″ (popular theater) in which they represent anecdotes of the previous year. People in the street, music, theater, workshops, and the traditional contest of Calderetes, with more than 30 editions and still brings the whole village to have dinner together in the square of the village.


The pilgrimages to San Juan de Barto, San Ginies and the virgen de Concilio or the Holy week fill the year with traditions, besides the big range of different cultural, educative, musical activities…. all year long. Follow them in our calendar…. ¡¡¡You´re invited!!!


Some highlights in winter are the bonfire to Nuestra Sra. de la Candelaria and San Sebastián, but specially the kids party, the soul´s night, all the kids prepare his pumpkin during the afternoon and when the night falls, the night walk begins; tricks, sweets, and shocks!!