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Located in the Pyrenees in the region Aragón is the small town of Ainsa. The town has just over 2,000 inhabitants. With the backdrop of the Pyrenees and close to the Ordesa National Park, Ainsa is a beautiful location.

Ainsa is a great destination for outdoor sports; in the wintertime skiing and snowboarding in the mountains and all year round mountain biking and hiking in the Ordesa National Park, kayaking in the river, paragliding and hang-gliding.

The old town of Ainsa is a national historic monument. The center itself and also the Ainsa Castle, the Mary Church, Plaza Mayor and Casa Arnal are worth a visit.

The castle from the 11th century is part of the defense of the Christian areas. The construction took several centuries and finished in the 17th century. Of the original Romanesque part is not much left. The most important part is the Torre del Homenaje.

The Plaza Mayor, the main square of the town, dates from the 12th and 13th centuries and is trapezoidal with a portico on both sides. The Calle Mayor has many noble houses including Casa Arnal and Casa de Bielsa. Casa Arnal from the 16th century is a typical building of the area with its façade and railings. Casa de Bielsa from the 16th century has arched windows with columns from the Gothic period.

The restored Romanesque church of Santa Maria dates back to the 11th-12th century and has a unique nave with a semicircular, a pointed vault and an apse. The crypt has 18 columns with capitals. The façade is simple with four arches on columns and a monogram of the Christ. The tower was actually used as a watchtower as one can still see in the loopholes.


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