The International Hermes Institute is made up of a group of multidisciplinary professionals from various countries, coordinated by Professor Fernand Schwarz. Its aim is to elaborate a method of study of the immaterial heritage of ancient civilizations and analyze contemporary societies from a symbolic perspective. It has delegations in Austria, France, Spain and Portugal and collaborators in Greece, Israel, Salvador, Chili and Colombia.

The Hermes Institute’s objectives are:

a) The study and investigation of social sciences from an interdisciplinary point of view

b) The organization of workgroups, lectures, national and international scientific conventions on the themes mentioned above leading to the publication of the results of this work

c) The writing and dissemination of a training program and promulgation of symbolic anthropology, i.e. anthropology which is linked to the symbolic dimension of man and its ensuing application in order to link what is considered sacred in each culture.

d) The promotion of the application of this program and, in particular, the investigation on the different aspects of towns and man-made sites linked to this symbolic dimension.

e) The promotion of study and symbolic thought in all cultures as a distinctive element of the human race, both from an individual’s point of view and seen as a whole.

f) The application of these investigations in various fields such as the business world, management consulting, the direction and organization of the human factor as well as training programs in general.

Its activities are the following:

1. The organization of diverse Conventions, Conferences, Lectures, Seminars and Publications in the afore-mentioned subjects

2. The organization of field trips like those taken to the major venues of Antiquity : the Mayan civilization in Copan (Honduras), the Greek civilization (in Athens, Arcadia and Olympus in Greece and Turkey), the Paleolithic period (Atapuerca, Cantabria in Spain), the Egyptian civilization.

3. The dissemination of these studies by various means of promulgation.

4. The constitution of workgroups to investigate specific themes.

Activities and news

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Los dólmenes de Gorafe

Rosa Mª Castillo Cruz

Desde el Instituto Hermes de Almería se programó una actividad para visitar el parque megalítico de Gorafe donde se encuentran los famosos  Dólmenes de Gorafe y la peculiar acequia del Toril. […]

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Hermes Institute has collaborated in the organization of the 2nd Earth Festival whose motto is “Deep Ecology” that is held in the town of Cascais.

That festival obtained a great level and a great deal […]

Articles and publications

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La Catedral de León

Ramón Sanchis

Importancia de la Catedral de León

La Catedral de León, junto a la de Burgos, son las muestras más acabadas del estilo gótico en la península ibérica. Construida en el siglo XIII, en que […]

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La Colegiata de San Isidoro de León

María Ángeles Fernández

La primera referencia que tenemos de la Colegiata es del año 966, cuando se edifica un monasterio para alojar las reliquias del niño mártir cordobés Pelayo. Se hizo
junto a otro más antiguo […]

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Necrópolis romana de Carmona

El 15 de abril 2018 el Instituto Hermes de Granada organizó una visita a la Necrópolis romana de Carmona.

En primer lugar, pudimos ver el anfiteatro romano, que, pese a su importante historia, hoy se […]