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The State will invest 92 million to boost the Camino de Santiago until 2024

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Bradypus

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Too many and too often!
I am not fluent enough in Spanish to read the article directly and am relying on Google Chrome's translation. From what I read it appears to say that at the end of the renovations the gates will still remain locked and the staircase inaccessible. Sadly not a return to the days when pilgrims arriving could ascend the stairs, walk through the cathedral's main entrance and catch their first glimpse of the interior in the way which the cathedral's architects intended.
 

Dennis D

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Francés - 2014
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(2020 - ?)
Thanks for sharing this news Peter.

I wonder if they will have any money left to improve the trail from Acebo down to Molinaseca? That project alone would probably cost most than 92 million. 😆

I also wanted to publicly thank you for volunteering at the Pilgrim Office every year. It is folks like you that make the Camino worthwhile.

Buen Camino.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Thanks for sharing this news Peter.

I wonder if they will have any money left to improve the trail from Acebo down to Molinaseca? That project alone would probably cost most than 92 million. 😆

I also wanted to publicly thank you for volunteering at the Pilgrim Office every year. It is folks like you that make the Camino worthwhile.

Buen Camino.
It's interesting how we are all different. I personally love the stretch from Acebo down to Molinaseca, but I have good knees. The village inbetween is lovely, views are gorgeous, mostly all natural trail, and I loved the layering of blue slate underfoot at times. I hope they don't make any "improvements".
I got a bit carried away here with my photos.☺
 

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Sadly not a return to the days when pilgrims arriving could ascend the stairs, walk through the cathedral's main entrance and catch their first glimpse of the interior in the way which the cathedral's architects intended.
Hi Bradypus,

as far as I understand, the spanish text says that the stairs and the banisters from the Obradoiro will be (by an interim stadium) ready until 31st of December this year. I understand this in a way that they will be accessible in the Holy Year. Just the works in the Crypta will last until until summer of the Holy Year.

¡Ultreia!
 

erith long

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Camin0 Frances (2004, 2008), Camino Portugues (2010), Camino del Norte (2012) Via de la Plata planing April92014), CaminoiPortugues (2015.)
I am not fluent enough in Spanish to read the article directly and am relying on Google Chrome's translation. From what I read it appears to say that at the end of the renovations the gates will still remain locked and the staircase inaccessible. Sadly not a return to the days when pilgrims arriving could ascend the stairs, walk through the cathedral's main entrance and catch their first glimpse of the interior in the way which the cathedral's architects intended.
sorry, this is not what the article says at all.
 

C clearly

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Staff member
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Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
From what I read it appears to say that at the end of the renovations the gates will still remain locked and the staircase inaccessible.
We need help from someone who is fluent in Spanish and also knows the architecture, which I don't. My auto-translation says
"In the same package the restoration of the crypt is included, and an attempt will be made to recover the staircase that leads from it to the south tower. In this case, Lorenzo was cautious, and explained that the stairway to the tower will only be released if security [safety] conditions permit."
 
Camino(s) past & future
2012 Lemovicensis + Francés;
2016 Podiensis + CdN + Fisterra;
2018 VdlP + Sanabrés + Muxia/Fisterra
In the same package the restoration of the crypt is included, and an attempt will be made to recover the staircase that leads from it to the south tower.
I think, the mentioned south tower is the tower towards the Praza das Praterias. And Lorenzo talked about the staircase from the crypta to this tower. If he was talking about the crypta with the tomb of Santiago then this can only mean the little stairs up to the the main floor of cathedral which leads to the south.
The main staircase towards the Praza do Obradoiro with the idiosyncratic double towers is pointing to the west. And as I wrote in my previous reply, I understood that these stairs will be accessible from 31st of December 2020 on.
But you´re right that a profound expert of the architecture of the cathedral should shed some light on this.

¡Ultreia!
 

Mycroft

Active Member
It's interesting how we are all different. I personally love the stretch from Acebo down to Molinaseca, but I have good knees. The village inbetween is lovely, views are gorgeous, mostly all natural trail, and I loved the layering of blue slate underfoot at times. I hope they don't make any "improvements".
I got a bit carried away here with my photos.☺
Wow, Chrissy, those pix are lovely!
 

ginniek

Member
Camino(s) past & future
frances 2017
I've read the article fairly quickly (not bragging, but I am fluent in Spanish). Some very interesting information about the actual restoration techniques being used. This is my observation, not a translation from the article, but that it undoubtedly why it is so expensive: authentic and accurate recreation of original iron latticework and stonework is difficult and time-consuming, and there are very few craftsman who can do it (so they get paid really well).

I could not find anything about what is being planned for Camino improvements, but from my current work as a transportation planner, anything where the terrain is difficult is VERY expensive and time consuming and environmental remediation, which the EU will require, adds another layer of difficulty and expense.
 

koilife

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Camino(s) past & future
CF w/ son #1 (2013); Logrono-Leon/Salvador/Primitivo w/ son #2 (2016); Portugues w/ son #3 (2020)
Translated using DeepL.com:

The State will invest 92 million to promote the Way of Saint James until 2024.
The Government delegate made the announcement during the visit to the works of the cathedral's staircase and indicated that a work commission will be constituted.
MARGA MOSTEIRO
SANTIAGO / LA VOZ 06/02/2020 14:54 H
Millions rain from the Central Government to promote the Way of Saint James in the face of the holy year 2021 and also to prepare for the year 2027. This was the announcement made by the Government delegate, Javier Losada, during his visit to the restoration work on the staircase and the gate on the Obradoiro façade of Santiago cathedral, which is being financed by the Ministry of Public Works with a budget of 1.4 million euros. Losada said that the State will invest 92 million euros between 2020 and 2024, the period corresponding to the current legislature, to carry out projects linked, among other areas, to tourism, culture, infrastructure and issues related to safety on the Camino de Santiago, and in the city of Santiago itself. In order to coordinate all the work and proposals, the Government delegate indicated that a working commission will be formed to monitor the proper development of state investments. Asked about the incorporation of the Xunta de Galicia to this commission, Losada said that the "State has its own competences" and the commission has the purpose of watching over its investments. Faced with criticism from the Xunta about an alleged lack of involvement by the central government, the delegate attributed these statements to "a slight nervousness about the electoral stage", and denied the criticism, assuring that "we have a total involvement". He reiterated that, in addition to the 92 million euros, the State will take out two lines of aid, aimed at the municipalities, of 20 million euros in 2020 to finance the recovery and conservation of the Way; and another of 40 million, in 2021, for the same purpose. He also recalled the other 24 million contributed by the State in various works carried out in the Cathedral of Santiago, following the guidelines set by the Master Plan of the Basilica.
Restoration of the staircase
The Government delegate's visit to Santiago was intended to provide first-hand knowledge of the work that has begun on the cathedral's staircase, which also affects the crypt. He was accompanied by the mayor of Santiago, Xosé Sánchez Bugallo, and by the director of the Cathedral Foundation, Daniel Lorenzo, who explained the details of the restoration work that had begun. Lorenzo said that all the stone slabs of the staircase will be dismantled for their rehabilitation, and the grilles will also be removed, which will be restored by the same Compostela blacksmith who carried out the rehabilitation of other iron pieces in the Cathedral. In the case of the grating, Lorenzo commented that the parts that cannot be recovered due to their serious deterioration will be replaced by new ones, but following the historical manufacturing method for the handling of iron. The stone fixings will be made with lead, which is the old system and the one that allows a better conservation. The restoration of the crypt is included in the same package, and an attempt will be made to recover the staircase leading from it to the south tower. In this case, Lorenzo was cautious, and explained that the staircase to the tower will only be freed if safety conditions allow it. Although the execution period for the restoration of the staircase, grille and crypt is 16 months, work is expected to be completed by 31 December this year and both the staircase and the grille on the Obradoiro façade will be visible. The restoration of the crypt will continue until next summer, in the middle of the Holy Year.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
 

Roland49

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2019 July
I wonder if they will have any money left to improve the trail from Acebo down to Molinaseca? That project alone would probably cost most than 92 million. 😆
ROFL
This part would be closed in almost all other countries in the EU, especially in rainy conditions.
You need some experienced people from alpine regions to improve that part. Not as much money, maybe 250-500k to convert it to a convenient walk.

But it is not intended to be convenient ;)
Pilgrims like to suffer :eek:
Others may take the road.

Is 2027 the next holy year after 2021?
 

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