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Camino Aragones will have a new pilgrim center

Discussion in 'Camino Aragonés' started by peregrina2000, Nov 27, 2017.

  1. peregrina2000

    peregrina2000 Moderator Staff Member Donating Member Donating Member

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    This seems overly ambitious to me, but I read that Canfranc Station, that lovely albatross of a train station, will have a new pilgrim center built on its grounds, leaving the sprawling huge building empty except for the little RENFE office on the side. But I guess it would be more expensive to renovate the building than to build new. Architectural drawings in the linked article:

    http://www.heraldo.es/noticias/arag...a-puerta-del-camino-santiago-1210139-300.html

    EU will pay 65% of the cost, total around 500,000 euros. I don't know what the thinking is here, but maybe it will put the Aragonés in the spotlight and stem the decline in pilgrims. 500,000 euros is surely a lot of money though.
     
  2. pelerine

    pelerine Member Donating Member

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    Thank you for the info, peregrina! I will add it to what I am collecting on the Camino Aragones. For use when? I do not yet know....
     
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    IngridF Active Member Donating Member

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    oh boy what a waste of money.... walked the route in June.. group of 9 pluse maybe encountered another 5 pilgrims
     
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    But what will happen with Canfranc station? Is it a classified buiding like in France where many buidings are classified due to their architectural or cultural importance? If this buiding is not protected it will become another ruin.What a pity then!
     
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    mspath Veteran Member Donating Member

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    Canfranc station was indeed protected 6 March 2002 under Spanish law as a BIC.

    "La Estación Internacional de Canfranc fue declarada, por el Gobierno de Aragón, Bien de Interés Cultural, en la categoría de Monumento, el 6 de marzo de 2002."

    See more here
    http://www.patrimonioculturaldearagon.es/bienes-culturales/estacion-internacional-canfranc
     
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    Thank you for the info. I am relieved to know that this cultural heritage is saved.
     
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    From the link provided by Peregrina, also planned the construction of a bridge on the French side, the construction of a new albergue, and maintenance on the markings on the Camino Aragones [so, those concerned are trying to revive this camino and that is a good thing, I would like to walk this route]. To all caminantes, Feliz Navidad, y que la luz de Dios alumbre su camino.
     
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    Will, hopefully, be walking this route next year. We are coming in from France on Chemin d'Arles.
    Looking forward to staying at Canfranc.
     
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    I plan to walk this route from Arlés next year and had previously read that they are going to update the rail station which will be great, but likely completed after I pass by.

    Not that I'm complaining, but I'm wondering why this is such a less travelled route? I was recently looking at the 2017 pilgrim statistics and in November 120 arrived from LePuy, but only 7 from Arlés. In October, these numbers were 382 vs just 12 from Arlés. I looked further along the path and in October 43 arrived from Somport, but in November just 7. I understand it's a beautiful route.

    Of course I became a bit interested in the numbers and noticed that the pilgrims walking the Plata from Seville have increased four fold since I walked it just 3 years ago. Amazing! Interestingly the Invierno numbers remain under 400 reported. I figured that many others would have discovered this fabulous route by now, but I guess folks are reluctant to turn off at Ponferrada when they have connected with so many other pilgrims on the classic Frances. Understandable. When I walked it, I started in Leon with the intent to leave the Frances. So many great walking trails!
     
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    Yes. We did the Via de la Plata this year and it was busy. However, still not that many pilgrims. That is one of the reasons the Arles route appeals - not many pilgrims. Can't wait.
     
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    I'm happy to see, that the Aragonés route is receiving some well deserved TLC.

    Walking from Lourdes would be a good option. Partly because there is an airport with good service, which in it self makes it a good start point, partly because Lourdes, however touristy it may be, is a site of interest in it's own right.
     

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