BOSCOS DE FERRO

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For almost 2,000 years iron has been the central element in this valley in the Pyrenees, deeply marking its history, its people and its landscape. Situated in the Pallars Sobirà area and in the heart of the Alt Pirineu Nature Park, nature in its purest and best preserved form is omnipresent here.

Vall Ferrera presents its natural jewels, full of symbolism, such as the Pica d’Estats, a mountain which with a height of 3,143 m is considered to be the roof of Catalonia, or the Bosc de Virós, an extensive and continous mass of forest with more than 1,000 ha of fir, beech and pine woods, forming part of a natural biodiversity which also hides a true inherited treasure related to iron.

Iron has been extracted and produced from its mountains since the II Century A.D until the XX Century. Its forests hide the remains of numerous furnaces and workshops dedicated to metal since the Roman times and the still visible marks made by the mines from the different eras, particularly from the splendid age of the forges,

when there were up to three working at the same time in Vall Ferrera and which continued to do so until the last part of the XIX Century, providing iron for the whole country and abroad through the Port of Tarragona. At the same family sagas of blacksmiths from the Pyrenees and which still exist have created high quality and long lasting tools, horseshoes, railings and locks using iron from Vall Ferrera.

All in all it is a valley with an inheritance which unites in a unique way the world, iron and the forge, an inheritance which it now wants to recover so that everyone can learn about it.

Vall Ferrera also wants to claim its right to being the best meeting point for artisans and scholars from the world of iron, people who still work iron with the same delicacy and skill as their ancestors have done throughout history.



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