Journey to the middle ages with our guide of San Juan de el Hospital

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Interview with Pablo Hidalgo Clari, one of our guides dedicated to teach tourists the former medieval cemetery (Southern patio)

To their 26 years, Paul is already tanned in doing tour guide. He has been working this summer, throughout the month of July, in the South courtyard of San Juan de el Hospital, guided visits for those who would like to enjoy the restored medieval cemetery. And now, When you reopen visits after the summer, their collaboration continues, something that from the Church of San Juan of the Hospital you are grateful sincerely. Pablo holds a degree in art history, with a Master's degree in art history and Visual culture (UV), and he is currently pursuing a doctorate in medieval architecture.

Already in the 4th race - according to us has- did their practices in San Juan of the Hospital, giving to know the rest of the joint historical, with the exception of the South Patio still was in works. The master he also did their practices in our church along with other colleagues, and he devoted himself to studying the personal archive of D. Elías Tormo, that is located in the Church.

But came this summer (2016) “and they called me, as it had already opened to the public cemetery and they were looking for someone who was available and a little specialized, in this case, in medieval architecture”, explains. It is also dedicated to orient new students of practices that pass through San Juan de el Hospital.

As a student of history, Paul considered the South Patio a special place within the city of Valencia, also due to their area of specialization (medieval architecture). This is a historical stage that attracts him since he made the master, where he began to study in an old farmhouse with Muslim origins in his village, Polinyà de Xúquer (Ribera Baixa).

guia-patio-sur-3In his opinion, this medieval cemetery is important for the city to be the only one that preserves the arcosolios in its original form, In addition to being a new place to visit because, “Although he has been here since makes 800 years, There have been various superimposed buildings and which is now open to the public, they can really know”, tells us; “comes the people who live here and they come because they know that this exists, and they have never had the opportunity to visit it”.

In the Museum of San Juan of the Hospital they offered books, planes, articles and all the documentation necessary to deepen in the joint artistic. But was he who has structured and organized their own tours, about 20 minutes in length, trying to emphasize the most important things, or some "References" to entice the public. “There are certain stories that sell. The Valencians, If you talk about Jaume I for example, is a thing like them”, explains Paul in reference to the chapel Jaume I, called thus by the legend that the King came there to pray when they were celebrating mass.

guia-patio-sur-4Paul performed with tourists begins in the South Patio Door, where it waits forming groups - more or less every half an hour- to begin your explanation, organized in two parts. First stops at the entrance, where is the spine of the Roman circus - which cannot be seen- and is buried the Empress Constanza II of Hohenstaufen. Then - explained- “We went to the cemetery, explaining its origin, the history of the Chapel, the printing press, then the Civil War, up to today, When restored is”.

During the route Paul also takes into consideration the people who arrive a little later: “while I'm starting the visit I leave the door open, and even as we are at the beginning, people can be incorporated”. To the question on if thinks that the people are going happy, says that Yes with conviction, mostly because many of the people who come will "blind", without knowing what they will find. And in a more informal tone adds: “all those who enter them love, because the truth is that is a site very modest but cool”, ends up laughing.

Live, without microphone, and using only his own voice, Pablo was moving by the old cemetery medieval without a script strict. Only with his ideas on the head and intended to get that each visit is different. So much like when people ask you questions: “that makes the visit to change, you go along other roads…”.

guia-patio-sur-6Recognizes that not often put are nervous in the explanations, unless it is of family or friends that come to listen you. He has also received visits from specialists in history or medieval art, that at the end of the route he often you explain what are dedicated, or give you some notes to improve: “and these things always van well, because one has to learn, Here nobody is perfect”, says modestly.

As for the language in which the visit is made, Although the majority of people who come are Spanish or Valencian-speaking - Paul explains that he is speaking Valencian-, a brief explanation is also done in English when they come foreign.

Paul recommends that other students do internships in San Juan de el Hospital, above all those medieval art interest. It adds that the Church offers to make practices, “because there are others sites medieval of the city where not given this opportunity, but here if, and the truth is that it's worth knowing this place”, Paul ends.

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If you want to follow suit as a historian, He and a partner created the blog: http://parranatrapanthistoria.blogspot.com.es/ and the Facebook page: "They parran. Atrapant history", where are intended to have informative way of Valencian Culture curiosities.

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