On The Camino de Santiago in Burgos, Spain

February 28, 2012 — Leave a comment

Despite the cold and intermittent rain, the old city was crowded. Unlike the Camino through Logroño, Burgos was vibrant, with many cafés, shops, and other businesses. At the Iglesia de San Lorenzo el Real, a small group attended midday mass. I sat in the back row, careful not to disturb anyone, and I dared not walk around. The priest, dressed in white, stood out brilliantly against the gold retablo as he gave his sermon in Spanish. I listened but only understood a few words. Still, I was happy to watch and take off my backpack, even for a short while... From Page 94, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days. Visiting the peaceful churches along the Camino was always special, and I looked forward to those moments.

Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago in Burgos, Castilla y León. 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, Atapuerca To Burgos, I had just entered the Burgos city limits, after about two hours of walking through urban sprawl. I was happy though, because I had purchased brand-new underwear at the euro store. Sometimes on the Camino, items that I would normally take for granted, such as clean underwear, would bring a smile to my face, and in this case, much-needed comfort for my bottom.

From the urban sprawl, I entered the modern part of Burgos. Since it’s close to Atapuerca, where the earliest signs of humans in Europe were found in the nearby hills, it’s likely the present location was inhabited as many as 1.2 million years ago. It was held by the Romans, but the city wasn’t founded until 884. Today, Burgos has a population of about 200,000 people.


I’m not exactly sure what this metal sculpture represented, but it was interesting.

Photo of art, sculpture, buildings, cars, people, clouds, Burgos, Spain

Entering an old section of the city near the ruins of the Monasterio de San Juan.

Photo of Clouds, trees, cars, roads, buildings, church, Burgos, Spain


I can’t find information on this building, but I believe it was also a monastery. If someone knows otherwise, please leave a comment.

Photo of Stone, building, clouds, wooden door, Burgos, Spain


Photo of Carvings, stone, wooden door, poster, coat of arms, Burgos, Spain


According to the adjacent sign which had English text (to my delight), the Monasterio de San Juan was founded in the 11th century by the French monk, Lemes. King Alfonzo VI and Queen Doña gave their consent for the construction. The monks were expelled in the 19th century and the building quickly fell into ruins. The adjacent museum has the works of local painter, Marceliano Santa Maria (1866 – 1952).

Photo of Monastery, ruins, walls, stone, trees, Burgos, Spain


It may not be clear but there’s a pigeon flying in front of the stone walls.

Photo of Stone, walls, monastery, ruins, clouds, grass, Burgos, Spain


This often photographed piece of art was near the entrance to the old city of Burgos.

Photo of Art, metal sculpture, patio, flowers, buildings, Burgos, Spain


This portal led to the old city.

Photo of Portal, building, bike, people, old city, Burgos, Spain


The Baroque architecture of the 17th century Iglesia de San Lorenzo el Real.

Photo of Church, clouds, façade, carvings, stone, Burgos, Spain


The aforementioned retablo.

Photo of retablo, Carvings, church, gold, parishioners, Burgos, Spain


Back outside, the Camino follows along this narrow street.

Photo of Clouds, people, colorful buildings, sidewalks, Burgos, Spain

Photo of People, clouds, buildings, Burgos, Spain


I was very excited when I first saw the spires of the cathedral.

Photo of Spire, Cathedral, narrow streets, buildings, old, clouds, Burgos, Spain


Getting closer…

Photo of spires, Cathedral, clouds, people, buildings, narrow street, Burgos, Spain


Sorry, I don’t intend to focus on the cathedral on this post. That will be on my next one. As I approached the cathedral, the sun emerged for the first time of the day. This plaza and its colorful buildings were on the east side of the cathedral.

Photo of Plaza, cars, colorful buildings, stone, clouds, Burgos, Spain


The much larger plaza or square on the west side. The fountain was one of the main features.

Photo of Fountain, Plaza, buildings, Burgos, Spain


The plaza was very quiet on the cold afternoon. I could imagine it being packed with people during events or on summer days.

Photo of Plaza, portal, buildings, clouds, Burgos, Spain


Photo of Clouds, building, stone, plaza, Burgos, Spain


I don’t know too much about the fountain but thought it was beautiful. Another church is above, on the right.

Photo of Fountain, buildings, Plaza, city, clouds, Burgos, Spain


I’ll leave this post with me in front of the east side of the cathedral, as the sun emerged on this chilly day.

Photo of Cathedral, Randall St. Germain, clouds, spires, stone, Burgos, Spain

 On my next post, My Visit To The Burgos Cathedral, La Catedral de Burgos, I will focus on the magnificent Catedral de Burgos. Please join me.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


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