Pedruel is one of the seven villages that make up the Rodellar Valley, an area of the Sierra de Guara that is sparsely populated due to a mass exodus during the second half of the 20th century.

Rodellar’s 16th century parish church dedicated to El Salvador still stands, located in the highest part of the village. In addition, it has a number of beautiful houses with thick stone walls and elegant cylindrical chimneys.

This area has retained the use of many local words that originate from this part of Alto Aragon, as can be deduced from the names of many features of the landscape.

In the Alcanadre River the pools are known as badinas or gorgas and if deeper they are called basetas. The lower peaks of the mountain ranges are known as puntales and mounds are given the name of tozales. Places that are difficult to access and only reachable by birds are called palomeras (palomas are pigeons) and shady places are known as pacos. The mountain slopes are called costeras and the plateaus coronas. These are all Aragonese words and not in general use in Spain. The very name of the village, Pedruel, derived from the Latin petra or rock, makes reference to the rocky landscape of the area in which it is located. It is said that when God finished making the earth he threw the leftover stones down to Huesca.

 

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