The Pyrenean Iron Route
Pyrenees region is rich in iron ore and has a centuries-old
iron-making tradition. This activity has produced economic
wealth and has left a great deal of evidence of its past
glories. Forestry, mining and processing factories have
left substantial traces in both the rural and urban fabric
of the mountain range.
Dates and countries
Incorporated into the programme "The Council of Europe Cultural
Countries: Andorra, France, Spain
aim of this iron route is to study, restore, preserve and
display this heritage, so that the public at large can see
the mines, charcoal kilns and ironworks, as well as miners’
and ironworkers’ homes, some typical features of ironworks
architecture and a series of contemporary sculptures.
All the routes in five regions, namely the Principality
of Andorra, Catalonia, the Basque Country, Languedoc- Roussillon
and Aquitaine, were grouped together to form the Pyrenean
Iron Route under a joint decision by all the partners involved.
The project was defined by fifteen different bodies: the
provincial councils of Guipúscoa, the Lenbur Foundation,
the Municipality of Beasain, the Municipality of Beasain,
the Municipality of Mutiloa, the Municipality of Ormaiztegi,
the Municipality of Zerain, the Museu de la Ciència i la
Tècnica de Catalunya (Science and Technology Museum of Catalonia),
the Ariège Département Council, the Hautes-Pyrénées Département
Council, the Fer et Savoir Faire Association, the Comú d’Ordino
and the Andorran Government.
(Photo: Familia Jordino by Rachid Khimoune (2005), Llorts,