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Santxotena Museum

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In direct contact with nature at the heart of the Baztan valley, artist Xabier Santxotena invites us to discover his open-air museum. In this space, Basque mythology is given centre stage through the medium of wood. Santxotena carves the most diverse characters, which intermingle with a landscape where every possible shade of green is on show.

The Santxotena Museum stands in the town of Arizkun in the north of Navarre in the Baztan valley. This is a land in which legends of witchcraft abound in the nearby cave of Zugarramurdi, and ancient stories of pilgrims who entered via Dantxarinea to pick up the Baztan route of the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago.

This is an open-air sculpture museum that houses the ethnographic and cultural research work of local artist Xabier Santxotena. In an area of 31,000 square metres, next to the NA-2600 road leading to France via the Izpegi pass, a park has been planned in which nature not only is the framework for his works but it also melds together with them. This organic artist takes the natural medium of wood and transforms it into art through his sculptures.

A pedestrian circuit suitable for wheelchairs will take you around the eight huts that house the wooden sculptures by Santxotena, constructions that reproduce the ancestral shepherds' refuges typical of the Pyrenees. Their themes relate primarily to Basque mythology.

During your tour you can also admire the sculptures out in the open while listening to the sound of the irrigation channel that runs through the south-east corner of the museum.

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Observations

  • Inscriptions and guide with information about the sculptures available in braille.
  • The museum sculptures have QR codes with explanations from the sculptor in Spanish, Basque, French and English.

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