CANGAS DE ONÍS (2)
Stranger and stranger . . .
Inspired by rows of fangs?
Flesh, blood and tooth burglar alarm. Runs off meat and biscuits, not electricity.
This one really should have been the second or third view in the previous sequence, but since it is also a public building (an information centre for the district) it might as well come here, at the start of a trip through the old quarter of the town. In early October 1937 the Republicans managed to keep the Nationalist forces at bay to the east of Cangas for the best part of a week, and the town suffered considerable damage. There is some interesting 1940s/50s architecture were older buildings had to be demolished, rather than repaired.
The Ayuntamiento is relatively recent, the towers linked by first floor corridors supported on huge staddles of similar design to those used for 'hórreos'.
And so into what are today the back streets, the older part of the town, to the south of the main road. These eventually converge on the 'Puente Romano', since this was, of course, once the 'main road'.
The steam tramway ran along the main road. I have seen very few old photos of the stretch through Cangas, but apparently the station was located on what is today a small plaza, on the opposite side of the road from the Ayuntamiento.
The next group of photos takes us through the town to the 'Puente Romano', and we round off our visit with a climb up the hillside to the south of the built-up area to a very attractive little 'barrio'.