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.
Entering an old section of the city near the ruins of the Monasterio de San Juan.
I can’t find information on this building, but I believe it was also a monastery. If someone knows otherwise, please leave a comment.
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).
It may not be clear but there’s a pigeon flying in front of the stone walls.
This often photographed piece of art was near the entrance to the old city of Burgos.
This portal led to the old city.
The Baroque architecture of the 17th century Iglesia de San Lorenzo el Real.
The aforementioned retablo.
Back outside, the Camino follows along this narrow street.
I was very excited when I first saw the spires of the cathedral.
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.
The much larger plaza or square on the west side. The fountain was one of the main features.
The plaza was very quiet on the cold afternoon. I could imagine it being packed with people during events or on summer days.
I don’t know too much about the fountain but thought it was beautiful. Another church is above, on the right.
I’ll leave this post with me in front of the east side of the cathedral, as the sun emerged on this chilly day.
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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