Thursday, October 4, 2018

Day 4 - León to Santa Catalina de Somoza, October 4, 2018

It was another beautiful day and we managed to bike 58.14 km.  We didn't leave the hostel in León until 10:20 and it seemed to take forever to get out of the city.  Today's route-


We rode on a lot of highway with semis whizzing by.  I didn't like that very much so when we could, we got on the path-


A clock tower in a village along the way-


Storks have nested on top-


After the village with the bell tower, we crossed a bridge over the River Orbigo-


Next to the river is another medieval bridge-


Along the way, through corn fields-


Astorga is in the distance-


There are memorials left at the cross-


Welcome to Astorga with a seashell-


The town of Astorga, population 12,000.  We are on our way to the cathedral in the middle of the picture-


A bronze walker with a heavy looking backpack-


Astorga's City Hall is  in the main plaza-


A 1979 or 1980 Citroen 2CV in great shape passed by while we were having a beer-


The main square houses the Episcopal Palace, built by Antonio Gaudi in neo-gothic style in the late 1800's.  Today's it's a museum-


Next door is the Catedral of Astorga, begun in 1471 in Gothic style but the cloister is Neo-Classicist, the towers are Baroque and the capitals and facade are from the Renaissance period-


The front is unbelievable and actually the best part of the church-








The side view-


Inside there's a museum with many ancient pieces including Cristo Crucifacado from 1558-


Cabeza Romanica from the XII century-


Calvario from the XVI century-


This awesome box is made of wood and covered in gold.  It dates from 900 A.D.-


There was very little stained glass and compared to León, this was a waste of money.  However, there were some interesting side chapels-



This is Saint John the Baptist-


What a fine specimen-


The main altar was pretty nice-


Looking to the back of the church-


The pipe organ has more than 2000 pipes-


The reason we are all here - Saint James the Pilgrim


After leaving Astorga, we climbed and climbed and passed through quite different vegetation-


Where we've come from - Astorga is in the distance-


It was 6 pm and I was exhausted.  What a little oasis in Santa Catalina!  The village didn't look like much-


But it's beautiful where we're staying-


There is a gotgeou garden courtyard-


I'm exhausted but looking forward to tomorrow!

P.S.  My family-





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