The Pyrenean Iron Route
The 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.
The 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.