Following in the footsteps of Ramond de Carbonnières with his “Observations faites dans le Pyrénées” (observations made in the Pyrenees), many writers, from Hugo to Baudelaire, scientists, mountaineers, and spa visitors have contributed to the Pyrenees legend over the centuries. Even today, film-makers and writers pay tribute to this extraordinary mountain

You don’t need to be Pyrenean to be “pyreneist” - a fact proven by all the writers who have fallen in love with the Pyrenees: Vigny, Taine with “Voyage aux Pyrénées” (trip to the Pyrenees), George Sand, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Chateaubriand, Lamartine, Hugo…

Lyricism reaches great heights.

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As wrote Hugo, praising Gavarnie: “It is both a mountain and a wall. It is the most mysterious edifice of the most mysterious of architects. It is nature’s Colosseum”, or about Vigny: “Oh blue mountains! Oh beloved country! Rocs de la Frazona, Cirque du Marboré, waterfalls of melting snow, springs, streams, creeks, torrents of the Pyrenees.”

And Baudelaire, who came to celebrate his Baccalauréat: “One meets a dark lake in the crevasse of an abyss formed by several desolate, snowy peaks...” These Romantics couldn’t help but adore these mountains, which represented a new world to be discovered.

Scientists also discovered our mountains. Such as Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, who completed a full crossing of the Pyrenees in 1807 to establish the first inventory of Pyrenees flora.

In the middle of the 19th century, the Toulousain from Ireland, Henry Russell fell in love with Vignemale, and published “Les Grandes Ascensions of the Pyrénées” (the great ascents of the Pyrenees).

More recently, the Larrieu brothers, film-makers from Lourdes, set several of their films in the Pyrenees. More than a backdrop, the Pyrenees acts as another character for them, the “Montagne des Grands Abusés” evoked by the great René Char in his poem entitled “Pyrénées”.