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Bm508 restorated

I was surprised by a tweet of Joan Capdevila, border commissioner on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees Orientales:


about the restauration of the old and worn bm508 west uphill of Coll d’Eina.


While the cross is still well visible, only the ‘8’ of the number 508 was left recognizable. Enough reason for the commission to superimpose a granite plate.

gp-esfr508-restoration2018-photo03-by-joancapdevilagp-esfr508-restoration2018-photo05-by-joancapdevilaOne can argue if it would have been more elegant to place the granite plate just besides it, so as not to cover the original engraved cross. But I herald the efforts of the cross-border commission to maintain and restore the bordermarkers which are lost or damaged. And this restoration gives a good reason to return to this fabulous border-ridge for my own pictures.

Bm508: ultimate proof

Serge Poncet did an amazing discovery in november 2015. The nice weather permitted him to do a hike to Coll de Núria where bm508 is to be found. That is to say: the remnants of it and that means that only the engraved cross is left. Its position (conform the Treaty) and the resemblance with the other bordercrosses in this area made a positive identification possible. Nothing was left of the number, however.

But Serge brushed away the loose grit and stone around the cross and he found an engraved 8! Thus proving that this is really bm508.


And let’s show the spot of that 8 on a picture of mine: