Valencia becomes the epicentre of European culture thanks to the agreement between French and Spanish associations that validates the Way of the Holy Grail on an international level. Partnerships to form the European Cultural Itinerary on the Way of the Holy Grail begin in Valencia. In an unprecedented event for cultural promotion and sustainable tourism, the Cultural Association The Way of the Holy Grail and the International Association The Way of the Holy Grail Cultural Itinerary of Europe have signed a framework partnership agreement with the prestigious Association Internationale des Universités du Troisième Âge (AIUTA). This historic meeting took place in Valencia, at the premises of the Colegio de Ingenieros y Caminos, Canales y Puertos de la Comunidad Valenciana, marking a milestone in the cooperation between institutions involved in the promotion of culture, education and historical heritage.
The signing ceremony was sponsored by the Valencian company Centro Óptico Losan, located at Calle Fontanares, 70, and was attended by prominent personalities, including Manuel Reyes Medina, secretary of the Association of Civil Engineers of the Valencian Community, who donated the facilities, marking a milestone in the promotion of knowledge and peace through cultural tourism thanks to the Holy Grail Route as a possible European Cultural Itinerary.
This agreement establishes a framework for cooperation in different areas, including the promotion and dissemination of the cultural and historical heritage associated with the Holy Grail Way, as well as the development of educational and research programmes aimed at enriching the knowledge and experience of senior students at an international level.
The Cultural Association The Way of the Holy Grail and the International Association Cultural Itinerary The Way of the Holy Grail in Europe undertake to work together to organise conferences, seminars and workshops that contribute to the exchange of knowledge and experience between generations. AIUTA members will also be encouraged to participate in cultural and educational activities along the route of the Holy Grail in Europe.
The signing of the agreement took place in a memorable ceremony, where the representatives of the three organisations, with the presence of Dr. Ana Mafé García for the Spanish associations and Dr. François Vellas for AIUTA, solidified their commitment to the promotion of the route of the Holy Grail. This agreement seeks not only to enrich the European tourism offer but also to strengthen cultural and educational links between generations, through the development of joint projects that highlight the historical and cultural importance of the Way of the Holy Grail.
This new framework partnership agreement promises to open up new avenues for research, education and tourism, building on Europe’s rich cultural heritage and promoting intergenerational dialogue and international cooperation.
It also represents a valuable opportunity to promote the social inclusion of older people through education and culture, recognising their important role in society. It also underlines the commitment of the participating institutions to the preservation and dissemination of cultural heritage as an essential element for sustainable development and intercultural dialogue.
With the signing of this agreement, it is hoped not only to strengthen the ties between the entities involved, but also to promote knowledge and appreciation of the Way of the Holy Grail as a cultural and tourist resource of international importance, capable of attracting visitors of all ages and contributing to local and regional development.
The event was accompanied by a large group of French representatives who travelled from Toulouse accompanied by Montserrat Amorós, president of the University 3 Edad Alto Palancia. On behalf of the Asociación Cultural El Camino del Santo Grial, Jesús Gimeno Peris, secretary, and Liubov Daniel Albariño, director of the international department, were present.
Also present was Inma Álvarez, editorial director of PilgriMaps.com, a digital initiative that aims to bring together on one platform all the existing pilgrimage routes in the world, highlighting their cultural and religious heritage, both tangible and intangible, in order to promote sustainable tourism, full of meaning, respectful of nature and promoting inclusion and dialogue between people of different cultures and faiths. PilgriMaps.com is an initiative of Viator Media, in collaboration with the associations and institutions promoting pilgrimage routes, which gives visibility to the Way of the Holy Grail.
The I Jornada Hispano Francesa el Camino del Santo Graal started at Colmado de La Lola, an emblematic place in the heart of the city that offers the best Valencian style tapas in the capital of the Turia with a fantastic team of cooks and waitresses led by Jesús.
The finishing touch was the chance to see “up close” the Holy Chalice of the Cathedral of Valencia in the chapel that takes its name. A place of prayer and recollection that invites the pilgrim to let themselves be carried away and remember what could have happened in the last Passover celebrated by Jesus, Yeshua.
Report by ‘24/7 Valencia’ team
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