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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