Son, Spain - C. XII
Approx. Nº of pieces: 3.800
Difficulty degree: 7/10
Sizes (Mm.): 300 x 400 x 365
The monument and its history
Son is one of the highest villages in the Àneu valleys, in the central Pyrenees. It is 1,393 above sea level and 7 kilometres from the town of Esterri d'Àneu, with a current population of 25 inhabitants.
The Historic Monument of Son comprises one of the most emblematic Romanesque constructions in the Àneu valley, part of the Lleida region Pyrenees. It is given this title because of the heritage value that it guards: the church of Sant Just i Sant Pastor, the Clock Tower, the 15th-century Gothic altarpiece, holy water and baptismal fonts...
The parish church was first mentioned in documents dating back to 1076. It is a single-nave church and has an apse with windows and Lombard-Romanesque arches. Its bell tower is unique in the area, with a square ground plan and three storeys. The 1990-1991 restoration work recovered the gracefulness of its lines. The inside of the church, as well as allowing access to the bell tower, also possesses an important heritage art collection.
The view of the Clock Tower of Son like a sentry guarding over the entrance to the Historic Monument emphasises the defensive nature of the whole structure. The 1996 restoration made it possible to reach the upper storeys. A medieval fortress built over a circular tower, it was later used for religious purposes such as warding off the bad weather with prayers and calling on the forces of nature.