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  • The "Ruta Clariniana" transports the Oviedo of La Regenta to the 21st Century in a virtual tour

    January 23, 2014

    The new digital platform has been developed as part of the Campus of International Excellence for the Town Council of Oviedo and was presented in Asturias's stand at FITUR

    From left to right, Miriam Cueto (general director for Universities and Research of the Principality of Asturias), Jorge Sainz (general director for University Policy), Vicente Gotor (Rector of the University Oviedo), Agustín Iglesias Caunedo (Mayor of Oviedo) y Carmen Vela (secretary for State of Research, Development and Innovation of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness).

    Literature and technology join efforts to offer readers, tourists or researchers the chance to walk the paths of La Regenta, the magnum opus by Leopoldo Alas "Clarín". The Tour of Clarin's Oviedo ("Ruta Clariniana Ovetense") is a fully-detailed approach to all the nooks and crannies of Vetusta that served as the scenario of the story between Ana Ozores and the Magistrate, Fermín de Pas. The novel becomes the guide to tour the center of Oviedo and get to know some of its most iconic spaces. A team of specialists in Clarin's works and the history of the Asturian capital city has traced a tour that shows modern-day Oviedo through the lens of the great novel that portrayed the city as Vetusta almost 130 years ago.

    This initiative, developed as part of the Campus of International Excellence of the University of Oviedo for the Town Council of Oviedo, is an strategic product for the cultural and tourist promotion of the city. Rector Vicente Gotor and Mayor Agustín Iglesias Caunedo presented the platform at Asturias's stand at FITUR 2014. The secretary for State of Research, Development and Innovation, Carmen Vela; the general director for University Policy, Jorge Sainz, and the general director for Universities and Research of the Principality of Asturias, Miriam Cueto, also attended the ceremony.

    The "Ruta Clariniana", whose contents have been composed by prestigious experts on Clarin's works, makes the audience follow the steps of the characters of La Regenta, allowing them to access some places generally closed to the public, such as the magnificent views of a city brought to its knees that Fermín sees through the tower of the cathedral. The virtual tour passes through eighteen places of modern-day Oviedo, with high-quality spherical photographies. For example, the casino where the men gather to talk and bet has become the Higher Tribunal of Justice of Asturias, and the theater where Ana Ozores discovers the romantic love of El Tenorio today hosts the site of the Library of Asturias.

    The collaboration between the University and the Town Council of Oviedo to design a digital platform, available both in Spanish and in English, transforms the Asturian capital city into an international reference in matters of tourist and cultural dissemination. The "Ruta Clariniana Ovetense" offers a pioneering product for audiences to enjoy their tour through the streets and squares with the maximum quality possible. Moreover, the new digital platform brings the general audiences closer to the amazing literary, historical and artistic heritage of the capital city of the Principality in an accessible and approachable way.

    When the visitor goes forward through each of the sceneries of the route, they will find the corresponding card that features the relevant historical and artistic information that relates to the role of that place in the novel. A tour around the Oviedo of the 19th Century through the streets of the 21st Century to discover, for example, where the neighborhood of La Colonia was found, where the returning emmigrants from America lived after making a fortune there, or where El Espolón was located, around which the high society of Vetusta went on promenades each afternoon, and which has become the Parque de San Francisco today.

    The project has been produced by the University of Oviedo as part of the Campus of International Excellence and the Project for Digital Professionals by Red.es for the Town Council of Oviedo.

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