Muel contains a remarkable artistic and monumental heritage, proof of the different villages and cultures that settled in this emplacement throughout history. Some time ago, Romans were attracted to the richness of the land and to the irrigation possibilities of Huerva’s river. There is a roman dyke that can be seen at the municipal park. The village preserves its medieval and urban mudejar structure, with narrow and winding alleyways, embellished and dignified by some palace-houses decorated with the typical brick galleries with remarkable examples of ceramic art.
However, the artistic lineage of Muel is not only focused on ceramics, in the municipal park there are some of the most important monuments like the hermitage of “Virgen de la Fuente” with work by the Aragonese painter Goya on or the castle “Los Marqueses de Camarasa”.
St. Cristóbal church (1706- 18th century) is also singular because of its spectacular baroque altar. Maybe it was built as a result of the mandate of 1565 and if the place where the church was located wasn’t big enough, someone searched for another place for the new construction. Baroque style with mudejar elements.
The building is formed by four naves with three stretches until arriving to the transept and semicircular vault. The cover is a barrel-vaulted ceiling in lunettes, with a wider central nave and vaulted gadroons in the apse, dome over pendentives with a lantern at the headland and edge vaults in the side naves, which are separated from the central part using cruciform pillars.
There is a high belfry on the entrance and the evangelists are represented on pendentives. Internally the style is baroque from the second half of the 18th century.
Numerous chapels can be seen in the sides with little depth were mentioned in 1771 during a pastoral visit.
In the choir, there’s still an organ dating from 1696 which was built by an organist from Villa de Luna; the organ characteristics and the contracts are still maintained.
The façade is decorated with limestone pillars and high bell tower in brick, on the left side with its two first parts are square and the two upper ones are octagonal in shape.
CULTURE AND TRADITIONS
FESTIVE CALENDAR OF MUEL
February 3: San Blas
San Blas is the patron saint of Muel.
Mass and procession in honor to the saint. During the procession, the sculpture of the saint carries some traditional sweests (roscones) of Muel, which are delivered to the city council members.
Neighbors participate too with different products that are blessed by the parish priest.
Many processions take place on these dates around Easter.
On Palm Sunday, a brotherhood of Zaragoza comes to Muel, and on Tuesday the other brotherhood, “Entrada de Nuestra Señora de la Piedad” of Muel, goes to Zaragoza returning the visit.
Holy Thursday: the procession of silence.
Good Friday: during the morning there is a Stations of the Cross procession and in the afternoon, the holy burial, a must-see in the Holy Week.
Celebrated the closest weekend to La Ascension.
As in the majority of the villages although in the past it was a festival to say goodbye to the boys who left the town to do military service, nowadays girls (quintas) participate in this celebration as well.
Dancing starts on Saturday and Sunday. These groups of boys and girls pay the orchestra with money they get from their neighbors. They wear their finest clothes together with a hat decorated with flowers. Another tradition which has been lost over the last years is to plant a palm tree in near the park.
July 10: San Cristóbal
These festivities are held on the weekend closest to the date if the day doesn’t match with the weekend.
There is running with the bulls and outside dancing with bands.
September 8: Virgen de la Fuente.
Patron saint festivities (September 7-12)
Running with the bulls, dances, parades, contests and many other activities are programmed.
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