Semiotic aspects on the valuation and interpretation of the Camino de Santiago

Alvarez, Antonio (2008) Semiotic aspects on the valuation and interpretation of the Camino de Santiago. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

The Camino de Santiago constitutes an exceptionally complex heritage site in which literary, linguistic, musical and aesthetic codes overlap simultaneously enhancing each others attributes. El Camino de Santiago has been shaped through material, natural and cultural elements (landscapes, buildings…) and both immaterial and intangible values (religion, beliefs, oral tradition, songs…). So, what is “this place’s” spirit like? One could compared it to the anatomy of puff pastry, in which every layer has its texture, quality and raison d'être, and in which all of them together make sense and in unison give sense to the whole. We will show that the particular fragility of the components (significantes) of this tangible heritage is the root cause for them falling into oblivion and as a consequence the loss of heritage values (significados); these losses make it difficult to identify and understand the spirit of the place. Through education and knowledge we will be able to analyze the writings of this “palimpsesto”, Camino de Santiago, so that they are learnt, conserved, and interpreted without any twist or distortion.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors:
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Alvarez, AntonioUNSPECIFIED
Languages: Spanish
Keywords: cultural route; spirit of place; intangible heritage; interpretation; World Heritage List
Subjects: M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 02. Interpretation
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 07. Cultural routes
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Camino de Santiago, Spain
UNESCO WHC Number: 669
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2010 11:13
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:13
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/217

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