Brecha de Roldán

In the middle of the Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido, a path to France opens up, 40 metres wide and 100 high.

According to the legend, French knight Roland (Roldán in Spanish) threw his sword Durandarte and opened up the rock for him to see his land for the last time.

Roland, nephew of Charlemagne, was trying to survive after the battle of Roncesvalles. Injured, and with his enemies at his heels, he arrived at the valley of Ordesa to try and reach his homeland. Throwing his sword as a sign of farewell, in a last desperate strike, Durandarte managed to open up the Brecha de Roldán (Brèche de Roland in French), granting the knight his last view of France before he died.

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