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Vía Christi Theme Park

 Estimated reading time: 3 min. Texts Mónica Pons   Photos Eduardo Epifanio
Vía Christi

The tour is done on foot and it concentrates art works that give evidence of Jesus' message and transmit a spiritual view through contemporary eyes.

Vía Christi Theme Park has become and emblematic site for visitors to Junín de los Andes. It offers a Christian message that is easy to understand by those who have not had access to the Bible.

Twenty-two stations that intertwine episodes from Jesus' life -from his birth to his death in the cross- were put inside a pinewood area. They show his thoughts and public lectures before his disciples within a perfect combination of Christian faith and Mapuche beliefs.
Vía Christi
We went on a hike around the venue, led by a specialized guide that would unveil the interpretation of each allegory. The trail went uphill and we stopped in front of one of the large size sculptures for a few minutes. Made of concrete, they are located on circular flagstones that represent the sun. The explanations helped us understand why many of the faces have the features of the native peoples.

We were impressed by the station called The Beatitudes, where we discovered the contemporary faces of Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Mahatma Gandhi and beatified Laura Vicuña and Ceferino Namuncurá. At other stops, the past and present of mankind are combined in the parable of the prodigal son, feeding the multitude, as well as the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Vía Christi
We were told the words pronounced by the author of the sculptures, local architect and plastic artist called Alejandro Santana: “The stations develop passages from Christ's life, the journey of a man and also of a community because at the same time, we are also developing the history of the Mapuche people and the local church. Just like today, when life and cultures are mixed with a universal precept: we are all brothers".

A big white cross sets the end of the circuit and symbolizes light, truth and life, as mentioned in the Bible. Built in 1950, it has identified this hill ever since.
Vía Christi
All through the years, this outdoor venue has been incorporating more and more stations and work is still being done at the top of the hill, where the major work of the park is located. In short, a large size figure of Christ will be made with iron and glass. It will be lit and seen from a distance.

The whole set of sculptures and the critical point of view of Santana let us reflect upon the message of Jesus, to question some human behavior and to take home a feeling of hope.
Vía Christi
Useful Data
Sub Secretaría de Turismo y Cultura
Padre Milanesio y Coronel Suárez (8371) Junín de los Andes - Neuquén - Argentina
Tel/Fax: +54 2972 49-1160  
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The Detail

Here are the most important aims of the creation of the Via Christi Walk:

1. Announce Jesus' good news.
2. Rescue the presence of Blessed Laura Vicuña, former student at the María Auxiliadora, who lived and died in the district, and of Ceferino Namuncurá, also former Salesian student from these lands whose family still lives in the outskirts, as models for adolescents, youths and adults who wish to follow Jesus Christ.
3. Revaluate Latin American, Argentinian history and the history of Neuquén; especially the crossbreeding produced by the encounter of various cultural sources.
4. Incorporate the gospel to the various local cultures, especially the Mapuche culture.
5. Strengthen the encounter of people, as Junín de los Andes has always been a place of encounters for original communities. At present, 14 Mapuche communities reside here.
6. Create new spaces for the people to encounter the extraordinary magnificence of nature in the lakes, the Lanín Volcano (sacred place), the forests, the flora and fauna.
7. Foster religious tourism.

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