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Ecomuseum of the Valleys of Àneu

Esterri d’Àneu

<p>Casa Gassia, the headquarters of the Ecomuseu in Esterri d&rsquo;&Agrave;neu.</p>

Casa Gassia, the headquarters of the Ecomuseu in Esterri d’Àneu.

The Ecomuseu de les Valls d’Àneu (Ecomuseum of the Valleys of Àneu) opened its doors to the public in June 1994. Since then it has striven to be a lively, open-minded and enterprising institution devoted to the research, conservation, restoration and understanding of the natural and cultural heritage of the town of Esterri and the valleys of Àneu. Through this work it seeks to promote the economic and social development of its immediate locality, and of its wider region, the comarca, or county, of El Pallars Sobirà.

It offers a variety of ways to better understand the natural and cultural life of the Àneu valleys in the past, and the changes that have taken place over the last century or so. Unlike many traditional museums, the Ecomuseu is not confined to just one building in one place, but is spread over a network of heritage buildings and interpretative centres in different towns and villages of the Àneu valleys.

SPACES

<p>View of the entrance and fa&ccedil;ade of Casa Gassia.</p>
External architecture
External architecture
<p>The cellar of Casa Gassia is a larder, perfect for storing food.</p>
The cellar
The cellar
<p>The furniture and other items in the living room, as well as being for everyday use, were also indicators of the family&rsquo;s social status.</p>
The living room
The living room
<p>It was formerly commonplace for children to share room and bed</p>
Children’s room
Children’s room
<p>In the same room where you were born, you died.</p>
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
<p>The kitchen was the busiest part of the house where many of other everyday chores were performed.</p>
The kitchen
The kitchen
<p>In the autumn the barn was full to the brim with grass and hay</p>
The straw loft
The straw loft

OBJECTS

<p>Main entrance to Casa Gassia.</p>
The main door
The main door
<p>Detail of the ornate wrought iron balcony, with a human face on its base.</p>
Balcony
Balcony
<p>Cheeses were kept in the relative humidity of the cellar to stop them from becoming too dry, so that they would keep longer.</p>
Granary
Granary
<p>Casa Gassia&rsquo;s loom is from the seventeenth century.</p>
Loom
Loom
<p>As well as telling the time, a Morez clock said a lot about the family&rsquo;s social status.</p>
Clock
Clock
<p>Ceramic soup tureen from Gerri de la Sal, a testimony to the craftwork until the twentieth century.</p>
Soup tureen from Gerri de la S...
Soup tureen from Gerri de la Sal
<p>The baptismal frock had a very high social value</p>
Baptismal frock
Baptismal frock
<p>What girl might have made this doll?</p>
Rag doll
Rag doll
<p>The bed and other pieces of furniture have religious images worked into them, to watch over and protect those who slept there.</p>
Bed
Bed
<p>The dress the bride wore on her wedding day was also the shroud for her funeral.</p>
Bride’s wedding dress
Bride’s wedding dress
<p>This <em>collada</em>, a wooden yoke, was used to carry two big cans of water at a time home from the public fountain.</p>
Yoke
Yoke
<p>Wrought iron <em>cremalls</em> with chisel-chased decorative motifs.</p>
Cremalls
Cremalls

EXTENSIONS

<p>Jes&uacute;s and Rosa make cheese from the milk of their own goats.</p>
Roseta de Gavàs - artisanal ch...
Roseta de Gavàs - artisanal cheesemakers
<p>Southern side of Sant Joan d&rsquo;Isil with its stone carvings.</p>
Romanesque church of Sant Joan...
Romanesque church of Sant Joan d’Isil
<p>The eastern end of Sant Pere del Burgal is headed by three rounded apses in the Lombard style</p>
Sant Pere del Burgal
Sant Pere del Burgal
<p>Sant Pere de Sorpe: the recent restoration has brought out more of the grace of its Romanesque architecture</p>
Sant Pere de Sorpe
Sant Pere de Sorpe

INFORMATION

ADDRESS
FEES
TELEPHONE
WEBSITE
http://www.ecomuseu.com/
OPENING TIMES
EMAIL
ecomuseu@ecomuseu.com

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