Museums & Smithies in Oscos
The Oscos region has been traditionally linked to the water, the iron and the fire. In their many smithies and forges called “mazos”, iron was forged in order to make home utensils and tools. Just a short distance from Pumares, in the old Mazonovo forge, still in working order, you will be amazed at the ingenious hydraulic system which, with the force generated by the water, allows to work the iron and fuel the forge’s fire. To watch this pounder (a huge mallet) striking with great force over the anvil buried in the ground is a great experience not to be missed.
The museum and home of the Marquis of Sargadelos, birthplace of the founder and originator of the famous Sargadelos porcelain (white and cobalt blue) offers a very interesting guided visit in which you will learn everything related to the customs and traditions common to the area of the Oscos and its people.
In Grandas de Salime we can admire an Ethnographic museum which has been hailed as one of the best ethnographic museums of Asturias. The museum comprises a number of traditional buildings showing a wide collection of tools and a variety of objects which tell us how life was like in a traditional country home and how the different activities were carried out in this particular rural environment.
Other interesting visits include:
The “castro Chao Samartín”, a human settlement dating from the Bronze Age; the Water house at Bres; the Pocket-Knife museum of Taramundi, the Teixois Ethnographic outdoor museum; the ethnographic museum at Esquios where the Lombard family of craftsmen have been making knives and hardwood kitchen utensils for generations.
…A cultural heritage which reveals us the peculiarities of the Oscos region and tells us about the relationship between man and his environment…