Across from the castle, I glanced back at Sarria and the valley I had just walked through. I was always amazed at how much I walked. The hills where I was only a couple of hours earlier now looked so far. My climbing was over, but the reprieve wouldn’t last for long… From Page 172, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days. I think you need to walk long distances over a variety of terrains to fully appreciate that statement. I had the same thought many times during the day, and for each day of my journey.
Now, I’ll continue on the Camino de Santiago in Sarria, Galicia. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).
On my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Gorolfe to Sarria, I stopped here, on one the bridges glancing over the Río Sarria and the promenade. Most pilgrims who were short on time started in Sarria because it was the largest town closest to the 100 kilometer marker. To get a Compostela, the certificate issued in Santiago de Compostela, pilgrims had to walk at least the last one hundred kilometers of the Camino de Santiago.
I’m not sure what this sculpture was supposed to represent. Hmmm….? Let’s move on…
I remember these stairs well. I was getting very tired at this point after walking a long day with numerous ups and downs.
The Iglesia de Santa Marina is a modern church built over another that had been established in the 12th century.
Considering it was midafternoon and many pilgrims were starting their Camino here, the streets were relatively quiet.
The 13th century Iglesia de San Salvador.
Here’s the castle of Sarria. It dates to the 14th century but was destroyed during a civil war in the 15th. You can’t enter but it’s possible to walk around the perimeter. The tower and walls have been rebuilt.
Originally, I thought the tower was old and never realized it had been rebuilt until I came home and did some research.
Looking back at the ruins of the castle.
This is the Convento de la Magdalena which dates from the thirteenth century. I believe much of the façade had been rebuilt. A hospice that originated in the 12th century was originally on this site. Let’s take a closer look at the bell tower…
One last look back at the monastery. I really would have liked to visit but it was closed in the late afternoon.
I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop here, just before descending the hill. For me, the most fascinating feature of Sarria would come at the bottom of the hill—the 12th century bridge, Ponte de Aspera. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Sarria to Barbadelo, I’ll take you across that very bridge. Please join me.
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