I had an excellent visit and spent well over an hour in the castle, more than I had expected. I was exhausted and needed some rest. A French woman took my photo in front of the castle, and I obliged with one of her and her daughter. I bought two postcards and chose a patio that faced the castle for a break… The door of the nearby Iglesia de Santa María de la Encina was open, and it was the first church I had been inside for a few days. The highlight was a realistic-looking statue of Christ lying on his back inside a glass coffin, his hands raised as if he were still alive. As I crossed the Río Sil to the modern area of the city, I took one last look at the castle sitting mightily on top of the hill… From Page 153, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days.
I felt so fortunate that I was able to visit the Ponferrada Castle. I was also very happy to see the sun and blue sky, and looked forward to my afternoon walk through the Boeza Valley to Villafranca Del Bierzo. Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago, in the chapter, Day 15: Wild Spanish Lavender. 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, My Visit to the Ponferrada Castle, On The Camino De Santiago, I focused on the amazing castle and after my break, continued through the old town of Ponferrada.
The quiet downtown. Looking toward the Iglesia de Santa María de la Encina or Basílica de La Encina.
The entrance to the church.
A haunting depiction of Christ in a glass coffin.
One last look at the castle across the Río Sil.
The price of wine in Spain surprised me. An expensive bottle was usually in the 4-5 euro range but many were less than €2.
Along the Camino, there were many modern pieces of art, although I don’t know what they all represented. I believe the first one depicts the Pope and possibly a king.
This sculpture was my favorite. I believe that it’s a tribute to women and their contributions to the church and family.
A closer look.
I have no idea what this represented, but it was obviously the focal point of the roundabout.
This modern bridge looked simple and sleek. A piece of art, in an architectural sense.
In the distance, the upper levels the mountains were covered with snow. By now, it was the second week of May.
Houses on the outskirts of Ponferrada along the Camino, for the most part, seemed prosperous. The areas rich hills had been mined since Roman times and are a tourist attraction themselves. Las Médulas Cultural Landscape is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area is Compostilla, and belongs to a large coal company.
I believe this was the school in Compostilla. At least, there were teenage students leaving when I first arrived.
Facing the Iglesia Parroquial de Compostilla.
I hope you enjoyed this post as I had a pleasant walk on a sunny spring afternoon. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Ponferrada to Camponaraya, I’ll continue through the Boeza Valley with interesting towns and villages, and beautiful flowers and vineyards. Please join me.
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