Across the whole of the region there are fountains based on the same design, which afford great character and personality to the Somontano heritage.

They are based on a model that was used throughout the 16th century. During this period the instigation of new techniques, an increase in skills of the master fountain makers and economic prosperity all made it possible to bring the precious liquid to villages.

This simple model was used until the beginning of the 19th century and is made up of a square body crowned with a simple moulding. An arch covers the spouts and the large tank below. This fountain is known as Labanera and stands out because of its size, the excellent quality of the ashlars and for the stone staircase, which gives an overall air of grandeur.The washing area is located next to the fountain. In contrast to other washing areas in the region that are almost always rectangular, these are unusual in that they have been excavated from sandstone rock. The water passed between different bowls designed for the various stages of washing clothes so that the cleaner water in the first could be used for rinsing. The different levels of the stones allowed people to doing their washing standing or on their knees.This washing area is known locally as the “Moorish Sinks” because in this region, anything that has uncertain origins is said to have belonged to “the time of the Moors.”

Some magical places of water such as these fountains and sinks are inhabited by beautiful women know as the “washerwomen.” They comb their long, golden hair with juniper oil by the light of the moon and soak their naked bodies and their dancing feet in the morning dew.

They are very elusive as so difficult to spot. Usually people only glimpse their white laundry hung up between the trees and spread over bushes. However, it is said that a person with a pure heart who is capable of seizing an item of their clothing will enjoy happiness, luck and great fortune for the rest of their lives. The clothes also have the power to undo witches spells.

These magical spirits related to nature and water are linked to ancient eras and Greek myths, such as the Naiads, nymphs that watched over fountains, wells and springs. 

 

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