Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Refuge of Tuquerouye

October, 1992

The refuge of Tuquerouye (or refuge Lourde-Rocheblave) is a mountain refuge of the Pyrenees, located at the breccia of Tuquerouye (2666 m), facing Mount Perdu, in the central area of the Pyrenees National Park. It is the oldest and the highest of the Pyrenean refuges.
The refuge of Tuquerouye was designed by Léonce Lourde-Rocheblave, a Pyreneanist from Bordeaux. It is a massive construction, made of local stones. Other necessary materials were assembled at the foot of the Tuquerouye corridor by mules, then hoisted up to the breach by guides from Gavarnie. The building was inaugurated on August 5, 1890.
A few days later, the guide François Bernat-Salles carried the statue of the Virgin (75 kilo) on his back, to be placed above the refuge.
In 1927, architect Touzin enlarged the refuge, simply building a building identical to the first. The refuge was renovated in 1999, the roof redone in 2005.

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