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St Christina of Somport
Camino Aragonés
Province of Huesca
Canfranc Pass
Col du Somport
Via Tolosana
Hopital Sainte-Christine

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Somport - Saint-Christina

Somport - Saint-Christina
Just a few kilometers south of the pass, near the (huge and ugly!) winter resort of Cadanchu the ruins of "St Christina of Somport" are next to the "camino". This "hopital" is mentioned in the Codex Calixtinus, one the earliest known tourist guidebooks, written by Aymeric Picaud. Here the many pilgrims could stop and recover after having crossed the Col du Somport.

St. Christina had a great reputation (similar to the Great St. Bernard Hospice in the Alps). Even Papal bulls considered the convent "unum de tribus mundi hospitalibus”.

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Looks not very hospitable any longer. What happened to it?
4 years ago.
Martin M. Miles - on the road again
Martin M. Miles - on…
Well after the time of the pilgrimage, the monastery lost the importance it once had.
In the end it got abandoned and the buildings started to crumble. The stones probably
got recycled in the hamlets around.
4 years ago.