Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/12/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Ironically, scientists now use the Canfranc Railway Station to study 'dark matter'

The onetime beautiful Canfranc International Railway Station located in the mountains that border France and Spain has gained a new lease on life. A former stunning example of Art Nouveau architecture, the station fell into Nazi hands and fell into disrepair after a disastrous wreck in 1960. The station now is enjoying a second life, here; ironically, scientists use the mammoth facility to study - "dark matter."

Closed during the Spanish Civil War the station was later re-opened and the station became busy once more. It was at the beginning of the World War II that Canfranc at first provided a lifeline for thousands of Jewish refugees fleeing occupied Europe.

Closed during the Spanish Civil War the station was later re-opened and the station became busy once more. It was at the beginning of the World War II that Canfranc at first provided a lifeline for thousands of Jewish refugees fleeing occupied Europe.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/12/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Canfranc International Railway Station, France, . Spaqin, Hitler, Franco, dark matter


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic online) - Nestling high in the Pyrenees mountains, Canfranc holds a secret deep below the surface. In the old tunnels that cross the border between Spain and France, scientists have set up movable astro-particle laboratories where they now try to unlock the mysteries of dark matter.

Located on the Spanish side of the border, Canfranc opened to a great fanfare in 1928. Travelers enjoyed the stunning architecture. Well-heeled patrons checked in to its luxurious adjoining hotel.

Closed during the Spanish Civil War the station was later re-opened and the station became busy once more. It was at the beginning of the World War II that Canfranc at first provided a lifeline for thousands of Jewish refugees fleeing occupied Europe. 

Spanish Dictator Franco proudly led Adolf Hitler along one of its wide sprawling platforms in 1940. Hitler was highly impressed and after recognizing the station's logistical importance, the Germans took control raising the Swastika flag above the ornate towers.

The Nazis first used it to transport hundreds of tons of looted gold plundered across Europe.

The station that had once helped thousands of Jews flee the holocaust was used by Nazi War criminals towards the end of the war to evade capture themselves.

The station returned to business as usual in the 1950s and 1960s, It was used as a set for the 1965 film "Doctor Zhivago."

A large steam locomotive jumped the rails and crashed in 1970. Luckily no one was killed, but it meant the end for Canfranc as a railway station.

Canfranc was then vandalized, visited only by the occasional curious tourist. The once magnificent walls were now marred with graffiti, the gleaming ticket hall and other offices allowed to collect dust and debris.

It was only until 1985 when Spanish physicists realized Canfranc would be the perfect location for an underground astro-particle laboratory. It is now used to research dark matter, with an entrance beneath the station and movable labs set up in the old railway tunnels.

The notion of revitalizing Canfranc as a railway center has been brushed aside, the idea being that this was the use the location held for a darker, more troubled era.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Europe

Was the final seconds of doomed Germanwings flight captured with a cell phone camera? French magazine defends video footage Watch

Image of This Airbus cockpit is similar to the one in the Germanwings aircraft. Since September 11 attacks, the armoring of doors has been strengthened and the three-point locking are now mandatory.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

French news magazine, French Match says that a cell phone video authentically shows the final seconds of the doomed Germanwings Flight 9525 that a distraught copilot slammed into the French Alps this week. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Regis Le Sommier, the ... continue reading


The mystery behind the mass grave found underneath University of Cambridge Watch

Image of Archaeologists digging under the Old Divinity School, a Victorian building owned by St John's College, founded in 1511, discovered the cemetery and the remains of 1,300 people.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The silent skeletons of 1,300 12th century men bear mute witness to Our Common Fate. How they got there under the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom remains a mystery, but what researchers have found sheds a light into life during the Middle Ages. ... continue reading


Polish priest performs mass exorcism on unknowing school kids Watch

Image of Polish Schoolchildren, attending what they thought was a religious camp honoring Lent were screaming and in tears when 37-year-old priest Tomas Wieczorek carried out a mass exorcism.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Polish Schoolchildren, attending what they thought was a religious camp honoring Lent were screaming and in tears when 37-year-old priest Tomas Wieczorek carried out a mass exorcism. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The 1,000 young people, from schools in the ... continue reading


Defiant Catholic bishops openly diverge from Pope Francis and the Vatican Watch

Image of Bishop Bernard Fellay was a part of the rebellious SSPX.  (Switzerland, 29 June 2009/Denis Balibouse)

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Rejecting Pope Francis and consecrating bishops without the approval of the Vatican, the ultra-traditionalist movement "The Resistance" is planning to expand by consecrating again a new generation of bishops. According to one of the French bishops, Jean-Michel Faure, ... continue reading


Putting best face forward, Krakow, Poland busies itself to host World Youth Day in 2016 Watch

Image of Excitement is in the air in Krakow, Poland. The metropolis is readying itself to host World Youth Day in 2016.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Excitement is in the air in Krakow, Poland. The metropolis is readying itself to host World Youth Day in 2016. As part of the renovations to host the over two million people who are expected to attend, the city has a new airport, improved road and rail links, a ... continue reading


Did a broken heart lead to mass slaughter? Germanwings co-pilot said to be 'depressed' and 'stressed' Watch

Image of Remembered as a friendly and funny personality, Andreas Lubitz had a life-long obsession to become a pilot. There is speculation that he feared his flying license - due to expire in just three months time would not have been renewed on medical grounds.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The willful destruction of himself - along with 149 other, innocent human beings, has the world scrambling for answers. Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who slammed his plane into mountainside earlier this week. Killing everyone onboard, remains a ... continue reading


DEADLY SECRET: Co-pilot of doomed Germanwings flight hid medical condition, authorities say Watch

Image of A terrible tragedy that left 150 people dead may have been the result of a frightened, insecure man hiding a medical condition. Investigators say that Germanwings copilot Andreas Lubitz was keeping an unspecified medical condition secret from others.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A terrible tragedy that left 150 people dead may have been the result of a frightened, insecure man hiding a medical condition. Investigators say that Germanwings copilot Andreas Lubitz was keeping an unspecified medical condition secret from others and had a ... continue reading


CO-PILOT LOCKED CAPTAIN OUT OF COCKPIT: Chilling last minutes of Germanwings Airbus crash revealed Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Investigators have recovered key information from the French Alps wrecked Germanwings Airbus A320's black box and voice recorder. The co-pilot, 28-year-old German, Andreas Lubitz, intentionally locked the captain out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed into a ... continue reading


STANDING FIRM: Nearly 500 British priests urge synod to stand firm on Communion for the remarried Watch

Image of An extraordinary synod last year provoked heated debate on the question of whether remarried Catholics should be permitted to receive Holy Communion, which was a proposal presented by retired German Cardinal Walter Kasper.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Nearly 500 British priests have signed a letter urging those attending this year's family synod to issue a "clear and firm proclamation" upholding Church teaching on marriage. An extraordinary synod last year provoked heated debate on the question of whether ... continue reading


Pope Francis sends message to families of victims in Germanwings' French Alps crash, as black box and cockpit recorder recovered Watch

Image of Families are hit with grief as the search for bodies continues.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

150 people were killed in the tragic Germanwings A320 Airbus crash in the snowy French Alps earlier this week. Pope Francis has come forward with some words of comfort for all those involved in the horrific accident. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis ... continue reading


All Europe News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 50:4-9
4 Lord Yahweh has given me a disciple's tongue, for ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34
8 I am estranged from my brothers, alienated from my ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 26:14-25
14 Then one of the Twelve, the man called Judas ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 1st, 2015 Image

St. Hugh of Grenoble
April 1: Benedictine bishop of Grenoble, France, patron of St. Bruno. He ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter