Via Christi, Junin de los Andes

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#2 of 6 in Historic Sites in Province of Neuquen
Scores of religious locals and tourists flock to Via Christi every year. Previously known as a fly-fishing destination, Junin de los Andes has been given a new lease of life since architect and sculptor Alejandro Santana built the Christian theme park detailing the life of Jesus Christ through a modern lens. Sculptures dotted around the picturesque woodland area on the banks of the Chimehuin River portray scenes from Jesus’ life, including his crucifixion. Put Via Christi at the forefront of your travel plans using our Junin de los Andes tour itinerary website .
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  • We started the tour at 15 pm (the road can be a guide in that time period, but we decided to go on our own). Each station is interesting and conveys much. It is a journey that is not tiring until the last stage. After the station 22 you can climb up to the Christ light. It is a path with steep slopes in zig zag, which is tiring (many people fail to follow, so they are sitting on the benches along the ascent). The last section still was under construction which meant an extra difficulty (ground and without Rails). It is a really shocking and very beautiful work. The effort is worth it. Arriving at the head of the Christ entering a chapel. Very cute, amazing views, an invitation to reflection. Definitely recommended. There are bathrooms at station 10. The cost of entry is $80 for Neuquén, $100 for the provinces, 50% discount for students and senior citizens, free for disabled persons and their companions.
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  • The tour options in junin de Los Andes range from a dip in prainha Chimehuín River and a visit to the Paseo Artesanal until the tour of the Nuestra Señora de las Nieves Sanctuaries and Laura Vicuña. But nothing compares to one of the most important religious complexes of Argentina, Via Christi. Via Christi Park opens every day from 08:00 to 20:30 and guided tours leave between the 9:00 and the 17:00. The entrance to the Park to the public in general foreign AIR $200.00 costs (some R $40.00), residents of Argentina and bordering countries (such as Brazil) pay half, air $100.00 (R $20.00), Residents of the province of Neuquén $80.00 AIR (R $16.00), students and seniors pay R $50.00 (R $10.00), residents of Junín de Los Andes, Department of Huiliches and disabled people with their companions do not pay admission. (Timetables, and currency conversion values updated in 10/2017-check out the changes directly on the Facebook page of the Park) To understand completely the project we need to know a little of the history of this city, which is the oldest in the North of Neuquén province, Argentina, founded in 1883. Junín de Los Andes was founded by the Spaniards as a Fort on the right margin of the Chimehuín River with the intention of extending the nation's sovereignty. The initial mission was to conquer the Aboriginal tribe originating from the region, the Mapuches, through the Gospel, but in fact foreigners faced the native people in bloody wars. After the arrival of the Salesian priests Domingo Milanesio and Juan Ruggerone in 1892 the story started to change and decreased the fights with the mapuches. Fr. Milanesio settled definitely in the city in 1895 and founded the Salesian House with two schools to serve children, provide them with native food, education and evangelization. Over time the Mapuches and the whites conquered peace and shared coexistence of the two cultures as well as your territory in common. The fascinating history of this region always charmed the great architect and sculptor Alejandro Santana since the early 2000 been building and expanding the Park Via Christi. Here the life of Christ is told from a contemporary point of view using the syncretism between Christianity and the Mapuche culture. The park consists of 2 Km of walking where so far (10/2017), there are 23 seasons with 12 metres in diameter each, called "soles" and made up of sculptures that tell the story and in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, from birth until your resurrection. Unlike any other script in the Catholic religious world, here the fantastic creations of Alejandro Santana make references to the history of Argentina and the world, with criticism about the Spanish colonization and the military dictatorships of the 20 century. All the sculptures have strong political and social messages. A stroll along the Via Christi will only be complete if you are accompanied by one of the Park's guides. All are deeply connected with the mystique that exists in this environment and explain even the smallest details. It is easy to notice that the works exhibited here show the faces and bodies of native peoples, however, figures of major influence in the modern world can also be admired in communion with the biblical characters. We were able to identify characters like Gandhi, father Carlos Mugica, St. Francis of Assisi, Martin Luther King, Laura Vicuña, Mother Teresa of Calcutta and to the former American President George Bush. The Park Via Christi was what caused us most artistic impact in all of Neuquén province, Argentina. We've been completely dazzled by the merger between Christianity and the Mapuche culture. The work of master Alejandro Santana in filled the eyes of tears and we can only compare these sculptures with creations such as the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the fresco of the last supper and even the Christ Redeemer. A cultural visit a must for anyone with any belief.
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  • What most struck me on the artistic level in all Nequen. Christian fusion with Mapuche and contemporary elements creates a delight to eyes that calls the spirit power. It is advisable to go with a guide or having read a lot to understand the multiple hidden signs.
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  • Parque Via Christi, Junin De Los Andes, Neuquen Argentina This was my very first video that I had made at the Parque Via Christi as soon as we finished visiting all 23 of the stations representing Jesus Christ's Life! It was a very nice, memorable, beautiful visit in which I enjoyed very, very much! I want to personally Thank Alejandro Santana the Sculpturer for Sharing All Of His Beautiful Works Of Art which are on Permanent Exhibit at the Parque Via Christi! I want to personally Thank Lidia Rodrigo for taking ME there and helping ME make my Youtube Video as well! Lastly, I want to personally Thank the people who work at Parque Via Christi for allowing ME to enter this Very Special Religious Place in which I left with many Good, Inspiring Memories back on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Sincerely yours, Howard Paul Shore Visitor Executive, Volunteer Writer For Google And Tripadvisor Websites /HPS
  • It is a visit that admits a wide spectrum of looks: admirable from the religious, anthropological point of view, from the infrastructure and architecture, from a walk in a natural environment. If it is desired to learn and to know the work from the religious, its greater symbolic potential, it is suggested to make the visit with guide.
  • A wonderful and magical place that you can´t miss. Perfect to enjoy art and nature.
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  • It could be a very nice place, but the images are loaded with Mapuche messages against the conquest of the desert. They forgot that they were the first who killed the real natives of the area
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