Route that runs through very different regions of León until its entry into Galicia by the legendary O Cebreiro, with its enormous significance on the Camino de Santiago.We will visit the Maragateria, with the monumental Astorga and Ponferrada, capital of Bierzo, with its spectacular Templar Castle. Half way, we will find the mythical Cruz del Ferro, the maximum altitude of the French Way.
Stage 1 and 2: León - San Martin del Camino - Astorga (48.31 kms)

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

The Royal Colegiata de León that represents a magnificent monumental set initiated in Romanesque style. The museum houses the exceptional Chalice of Doña Urraca. At the end of the XI century, the Royal Pantheon was built.

The Convent of San Marcos de León It was an old house of the Order of Cavalry of Santiago and with a spectacular Plateresque facade of the XVI century.

Already during the stage highlight the Church of Villadangos It is dedicated to Santiago Apóstol, patron saint of the town. It is a temple with a Latin cross plan at the end of the 17th century or the beginning of the 18th century.

In Astorga highlights the Cathedral of Santa María in Gothic style. its Episcopal palace neogótico of Gaudí. And its magnificent City Hall, as well as its walls.

Stage 3: Astorga - Rabanal del Camino (19.61 Kms)

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

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

In Santa Catalina de Somoza, emphasizes its parochial Church of Santa Maria, where a relic of San Blas is conserved.

At Goose, highlights the parish church dedicated to Santiago, which has a carving of the Saint dressed as a pilgrim

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 Chapel of Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz. In the main street is the Hermitage of San Jose of the XVIII century and the Hospital of San Gregorio and the house of the four corners. In the high part is the Church of Santa Maria, of Romanesque style.

Stage 4: Rabanal del Camino - Ponferrada (32.12 Kms)

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

In Manjarin, where formerly there was a Hospital of pilgrims of the S. XVI.

At Holly, highlights the parish church of San Miguel. Highlight your Real Street.

In Molinaseca is the Chapel of the Virgin of the Anguishes, of baroque style of S. XVIII. The temple of San Nicolas de Bari in neoclassical style, highlights its size of San Roque pilgrim. Admire also its Romanesque bridge over El Meruelo.

In Ponferrada, highlights the Castle of the Templars 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 to the Conceptionists. As well as highlighting its City Hall for its famous Clock Tower.

Stage 5: Ponferrada - Villafranca del Bierzo (22.35 Kms)
Villafranca del Bierzo is another of the cities that were born and became important thanks to the Camino:
The Church of Santiago, Romanesque temple with only one nave, famous for its "Door of the Forgiveness"
The Castle of the Marquises of Villafranca.
The Water Street, with numerous emblazoned buildings.
Church of San Francisco.
The Collegiate Church of Villafranca del Bierzo.
Stage 6: Villafranca del Bierzo - O Cebreiro (29.73 Kms)
In O Cebreiro highlights the  Sanctuary of Santa María la Real; Inside, the beautiful Romanesque image of Santa María la Real is venerated.
We also find a valuable chalice and paten from the 12th century that presides over the coat of arms of Galicia, as well as a reliquary and two gold ampoules. The set of Pallozas, perfectly preserved. As we have indicated at the beginning O Cebreiro is a mythical place and cradle of Legends, among them the Eucharistic Miracle.
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