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Monday, July 1, 2024

Antonio García Omedes: “The first chrismon carved in stone in Aragon is in the castle of Loarre”

Antonio García Omedes, creator of the website www.romanicoaragones.com, presented his new book, 'Loarre Castle. Two views a century apart'.

Antonio García Omedes, creator of the website www.romanicoaragones.com, presented his new book, Castillo de Loarre. Dos miradas con un siglo de otra, last Friday at the Diocesan Museum of Jaca, putting the icing on the cake of the open day organised to mark the 14th anniversary of its reopening. The book published by Prames “is the result of an intense personal relationship with the fortress of Loarre”, which the researcher, born in 1951 in Ainzón (Zaragoza), considers “the best-preserved Romanesque castle-abbey in the world”. The publication consists of two clearly differentiated parts, as the first is dedicated to the restoration carried out in 1915 by the architect Luis de la Figuera and the second offers a detailed tourist visit to the castle based on an article he wrote in 2017. “Transmitting the fragility of things that are not known and are not valued at their true measure” was the challenge of the author, who developed his passion for Romanesque architecture in parallel to his professional career as a surgeon at the San Jorge Hospital in Huesca, where he arrived in 1979, retiring in 2021.