Useful information about the Camino of Saint James Pilgrimage and Santiago de Compostela

Carrión de los Condes

Posted in The Camino Villages.

Carrión de los Condes is one of the most outstanding villas of the beautiful Tierra de Campos, a region in the province of Palencia that many pilgrims have fallen in love with. In spite of its scarce 2,500 inhabitants, the town still retains great religious and cultural significance. The Codex Calixtino bears witness to its importance in the Middle Ages, extolling among its virtues the fact that there are no less than 12 hospitals for pilgrims. Among his most celebrated citizens stands the Marquis de Santillana. 

Foto de Valdavia

Foto Valdavia

THE CAMINO TOWNS: RABANAL DEL CAMINO

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Rabanal has great importance in the Camino de Santiago as being the last stopping point before setting off on the next stage from Astorga. It occupies a prominent position in the Codex Calixtino and all current pilgrimage guides. Its traditional inhabitants were "maragato" people, or muleskinners or carriers whose job it was to transport goods or materials. Thanks to the revival of pilgrimage the village, with its traditional buildings, has been literally resurrected, since only a few decades ago it came close to being abandoned and forgotten.

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THE STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS OF LEÓN CATHEDRAL

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In the thirteenth century the cathedral was a symbol of a city, but in the case of Leon it was also the symbol of a Kingdom. We should bear this in mind when we gaze upon the magnificent and ambitious dream that led to the construction of a framework that holds the largest set of stained-glass windows ever conceived.

                   

Photo: Nacho Traseira

MOLINASECA

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Molinaseca is one of the most beautiful villages on the Camino. It belongs to the zone of El Bierzo and with its buildings of stone, wood and slate it closely resembles its Galician counterparts. But as compared with some other villages, Molinaseca still retains perfectly harmony with its natural surroundings, where the houses and monuments seem to emerge from the landscape to which they belong. The pilgrim arrives in Molinaseca by first going past the shrine of Anguish and then crossing the river Meruelo by a beautiful stone bridge. Who could forget it?

Ultreia Ring

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Compostelle Crafts

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Joyas del Camino

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