In the valley of the Pas find traces in the historical traces left by the first inhabitants of the Lower Paleolithic, medium and high in the caves of Mount Castle Bridge Viesgo. Other archaeological surveys have not provided significant material even though it is known the existence of a Roman road that connected with Portus Juliobriga Victoriae (Santander), which fell by entering the port of the shield in this Valley.

v11Another important aspect is the origin of peopling Pasiega, which could be dated to the early eleventh century with a particular organization of space, characterized by individual farm based on the altitudinal distribution of pastures, while ensuring the livelihood of livestock and seasonal has marked the landscape today.

Natural heritage

v22A wealth of geologic and scenic valley in Puente Viesgo joins one of the most important sets of prehistoric caves in the region. Located in the Monte Castillo and are four:

El Castillo, where you can see representations of animals and human hands in negative datándose-Magdelaniense Solutrean period.

Currencies, is the most spectacular hues that show the major cast addition to stalagmites animal figures.

v31The Pasiega with geometric and animal figures dating from the final Solutrean and Magdalenian oldest.

Fireplaces along with representations of animals appear tectiformes signs dating from the same period the previous ones. At the entrance to the cave of El Castillo, you can visit a museum devoted to prehistoric times and the remains found inside the caves.

Cultural Heritage

v41Like valleys Pisueña and Miera, the rich heritage of the valley of the Pas, both civil and religious, evidenced through the municipalities in the same.

In the town of Vargas should highlight their Joint Shrine is the most comprehensive of all dating from Cantabria and s. XVIII.

We continue south-west and we got to where we see his Puente Viesgo inspired by the Romanesque church and the Palacio de Palencia Fuentespila where the Town Hall.

To the south of the valley got to Soto Iruz the Franciscan Monastery where we find a curious octagonal tower of XVI century.

Further south we reach Villasevil with its Church of Santa Cecilia, Romanesque s.XII. We continue to reach Corvera de Toranzo which is located in the manor of Diez Villegas, declared of cultural interest in 1992. Acereda in the parish church of the Assumption, s.XVII declared of cultural interest in 1985. In San Vicente de Toranzo Tower Agüero of the eighteenth century declared of cultural interest in 1992.

v51Vejorís found in the Church of Santo Tomas, whose invaluable XVI century Renaissance altarpiece made in Limoges enamel is in the Diocesan Museum of Santander.

Continuing south, in San Miguel de Luena can see the church of San Miguel and the Hermitage of Servillejo both of the seventeenth century.

Offset to the left of Pas Vega arrived at the birthplace of pasiegos and famous figures such as Dr. Madrazo or athlete José Manuel Abascal, we can visit the Church of Our Lady of Vega’s s.XVII.

Fiestas and traditions

v61The uniqueness of pasiegos is manifested inter alia in working tools such as cuévano, large basket with twisted hazel rods that are loaded in the back and was used for grazing, firewood and carry what is necessary.

This ethnographic peculiarity is also reflected in the game of bowling spread across the province. This game competitions are created especially in the summer to coincide with the celebrations of the various peoples of the valley. The holidays might be noted are: Vargas, San Sebastian on January 20, celebrates the Fiesta de La Perola of great cultural interest. Viesgo Bridge, San Miguel Arcángel on September 29 with a wide range of leisure and holiday. Las Presillas, San Lorenzo on August 10 with a Drag Competition. In Villasevil, St. Augustine on August 28. In Vega de Pas, Nuestra Senora de la Vega on September 8.

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