The Camino de Santiago from León to O Cebreiro runs through different regions of León until it enters Galicia through the mythical O Cebreiro, with its enormous significance on the Camino de Santiago. We will tour the Maragateria, with the monumental Astorga and Ponferrada, capital of Bierzo , with its spectacular Templar Castle. Halfway, we will find the mythical Cruz del Ferro, maximum altitude of the French Way.
León Stage - San Martin del Camino - Astorga

What to see in the French Camino de Santiago from León (León Stage> San Martin del Camino> Astorga)

The Gothic Cathedral of León known for the beauty of its stained glass windows and the balance of its heights with the Latin nickname "Pulcra Leonina", which opens the door to the medieval center of the city.

The Royal Collegiate Church of León It represents a magnificent monumental ensemble started in the Romanesque style. The museum houses the exceptional Chalice of Doña Urraca. At the end of the XNUMXth century, the Royal Pantheon was built.

The Convent of San Marcos de León, which was an old primate house of the Order of Cavalry of Santiago and with a spectacular plateresque façade from the XNUMXth century.

During the stage, the Church of Villadangos is dedicated to Santiago Apóstol, patron saint of the Villa. It is a temple with a Latin cross plan from the end of the XNUMXth century or the beginning of the XNUMXth century.

In Astorga highlights the Cathedral of Santa María Gothic style. Its Neo-Gothic Episcopal Palace by Gaudí. We also highlight its magnificent Town Hall, as well as its walls.

Astorga Stage - Rabanal del Camino

What to see on the French Camino de Santiago from León (Astorga Stage> Rabanal del Camino)

In Valdeviejas just 1 km from Astorga, we find the Parish Church of San Verisimo.

In Murias de Rechivaldo, its church dedicated to San Esteba stands outn of S. XVIII, highlights a relief of the Virgen del Pilar and a statue of San Roque pilgrim.

In Santa Catalina de Somoza, its parish church of Santa Maria stands out, where a relic of San Blas is preserved.

In the Goose, the parish church dedicated to Santiago stands out, which has a carving of the Holy pilgrim dress of the

S. XVI. In the atrium there is a chapel that is known as the Christ of the pilgrims.

In Rabanal del Camino, we find the Hermitage of Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz. On Calle Mayor is the Hermitage of San Jose from the XNUMXth century and the Hospital de San Gregorio and the house with the four corners. In the upper part is the Church of Santa María, in the Romanesque style.

Rabanal del Camino Stage - Ponferrada

What to see on the French Camino de Santiago from León (Rabanal Stage of the Camino> Ponferrada)

At the entrance to Foncebadón we find the Ferro Cross: There are many theories around this mythical cross. Some say that it comes from the time of the Romans who left a stone, in the Sanctuary of the Mercury God that was there, asking for protection on their trip. Others indicate that the stone is carried from the place from which each one comes, as a symbol of their sins, and that leaving it there would mean the intention of starting a new life. However, theories are multiple and from different perspectives.

In Manjarín, where formerly there was a Pilgrims hospital S. XVI.

In El Acebo, the parish church of San Miguel and its Calle Real stand out.

In Molinaseca is the Chapel of the Virgen de las Angustias, in the Baroque style of the XNUMXth century. The neoclassical temple of San Nicolas de Bari stands out for its carving of a pilgrim Saint Roque. Also admire your Romanesque bridge over Meruelo.

In Ponferrada, the Templar Castle It is one of the oldest and most beautiful examples of military architecture in Spain. The basilica of Our Lady of the Oak and the Convent of the Conceptionists. As well as highlighting its Town Hall for its famous Clock tower.

Ponferrada Stage - Villafranca del Bierzo

What to see on the French Camino de Santiago from León (Ponferrada Stage> Villafranca del Bierzo)

Villafranca del Bierzo is another city that was born and became important thanks to the Camino:

The Church of Santiago, a single nave Romanesque temple, famous for the "Puerta del Perdón". It is the only one that has the privilege of granting, together with the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, full indulgence to pilgrims who, while doing their Pilgrimage Way, due to physical or illness reasons, cannot finish their journey to Santiago de Compostela, in the Holy years.

The Castle of the Marquises of Villafranca.

Water Street, with numerous emblazoned buildings.

San Francisco church.

The Collegiate Church of Villafranca del Bierzo.

Villafranca del Bierzo - O Cebreiro Stage
What to see on the French Camino de Santiago from León (Villafranca del Bierzo Stage> O Cebreiro)
In O Cebreiro the Sanctuary of Santa María la Real stands out; inside, the beautiful Romanesque image of Santa María la Real is venerated.
We also find a valuable chalice and paten of S. XII that presides over the shield of Galicia, as well as a reliquary and two gold ampoules. The set of pallozas, perfectly preserved. As we indicated at the beginning O Cebreiro is a mythical place and cradle of Legends, including the Eucharistic Miracle.

What to see on the Camino de Santiago Frances from Leon

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