Canfranc as Part of Benoît Sokal’s “Syberia” – Or Kate Walker in the Pyrenees

At last, after years of laziness and elusion, I have played the PC-game that my sister always recommended me to play: Syberia; both parts.

I have to apologize to Ariel for not having done this while she was still here, to be able to tell her —with frank enthusiasm— how pleasant and deeply absorbing these games are. I’m so sorry; so deeply! …

I won’t comment here about the game; its merits and its beauty (it is graphically exquisite!); I will just point out one feature that Ariel never noticed as far as I can say. Several buildings depicted in Syberia I (the sumptuous spa at the end, and also the great, apparently deserted railway station of “Komkolzgrad”) might have been inspired by the old –now abandoned– International Station of Canfranc, very close to the border between Huesca (Spain) and France, in a province in the Pyrenees which belonged until 1714 to the Crown of Aragon, and was not a Spanish-speaking land (as the very name attests), until it was conquered and indecently annexed to what is now the Kingdom of Spain.

I will have to revisit the game in order to take some appropriate screenshots of the Komkolzgrad railway station, but meanwhile I present here the actual building that I’m referring to (anyway, I’m sure that everyone who has played that game will feel the déjà -vu when watching it).

Estació Internacional de Canfranc – 1

Estació Internacional de Canfranc
Estació Internacional de Canfranc – 2

Canfranc 11
Estació Internacional de Canfranc – 3

Canfranc 16
Estació Internacional de Canfranc – 4

Canfranc 13
Estació Internacional de Canfranc – 5


Canfranc 21
Estació Internacional de Canfranc – 6

L’estació internacional de Canfranc (Osca, Aragó), en la línea que unia França i Espanya amb tren, va ser inaugurada el juliol de 1928 pel rei espanyol Alfons XIII i el president francès Gaston Doumergue. Resta abandonada d’ençà de 1970, però se’n pot visitar el vestíbul i algunes estances i dependències.

És un edifici d’estil modernista i té unes dimensions faraòniques: 241 metres de llargada i 75 portes a cada façana. Fou l’estació més gran d’Espanya, i la segona de tot Europa, al seu moment.

–La primera foto és de Marc Celeiro i Escribà. Desconec la propietat de la segona, la quarta, la sisena i la vuitena, que he anat trobant a Google Images.

–Les fotos 3 i 5 són de la Viquipèdia en català.

–Les fotos 7, 10, 11 i 12 provenen del blog en espanyol Viejas Sombras:

–La foto 9 es troba a , també en espanyol.

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