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    Cathedral of Astorga

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 10, 2014

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    Construction of present cathedral was authorized by the Bishop Alvaro Osorio D. and Guzman (1440-1463) who in 1444 issued all necessary ecclesiastic documents and reached an agreement with the city council permitting the reconstruction of old Romanesque cathedral. Romanesque chapel with small image of the Virgin located at the entrance is the only part remained from old cathedral. Real construction started only in 1471 and continued till 1965. That’s why this cathedral comprises elements of Romanesque, Gothic, Plateresque and Baroque styles.
    Cathedral is closed for January every year.
    Open during the winter from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 15:30 to 18:30
    Summer: 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00

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    Cathedral, decorative elements

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 10, 2014

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    Since construction of Cathedral of Astorga continued for five hundred years its architecture includes many absolutely different styles. For example main portal was built in first half of XVIth century in typical for that period Plateresque style. Bell towers were built between 1678 and 1965. Decorative elements such as coat of arms were added about 1708. Some figures on the spires are from XVII century.
    Cathedral is closed for January every year.
    Open during the winter from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 15:30 to 18:30
    Summer: 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00

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    Chapels near cathedral

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 10, 2014

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    Before you enter the Cathedral of Astorga you will see two small chapels on the right. These chapels although many times reconstructed are known since XIV century. Unfortunately both of them were closed and I failed to get in. Although some interesting historical details connected to pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela exist outside of these chapels. If you have a look at the southern wall of the chapel situated from the right side then you will easily find ten small niches in this wall. These niches were let me say some kind of collecting points where passing pilgrims used to put small coins and food for the local poor and paupers. Medieval pilgrims were not the beggars as somebody can conclude nowadays. On the other way pilgrims paid for their food, lodgings for the nights, donated to churches and poor people and bought souvenirs such as crosses, small icons, cockleshells and etc. and it was the part of pilgrimage. Today many tourists are sitting at the tables in local coffee bar just under those niches of benevolence in blissful ignorance what for those niches were made.

    Niches of benevolence

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    El Palacio Episcopal de Astorga

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 5, 2014

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    This Modernist building built in the Neo-Gothic style consists of a castle, church and stately mansion and houses the Los Caminos museum or Museum of Peregrination to Santiago de Compostela. Although designed by Gaudi himself in 1887 this monument was completed by another architect Ricardo Garcia Gureta. New Bishop refused to pay Gaudi an amount agreed by his predecessor and Gaudi left for home to Barcelona. He said that he would never come back to Astorga and his foot would never step in that city.
    Entrance fee is 3 Euros
    Open from October 01 to April 30:
    Tuesday to Saturday
    11:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 18:00
    Public holidays and Sundays
    11:00 to 14:00
    Closing days: Monday

    May 01 to September 30
    Tuesday to Saturday
    10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 20:00
    Public holidays and Sundays
    10:00 to 21400
    Closing days: Monday

    Angels in the yard!
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    City Hall

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 5, 2014

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    At Plaza Mayor Square in the center of Asrtorga you will find the baroque Ayuntamento or City Hall. Construction of this city hall was started in 1683 and accomplished by the beginning of XVIII century. One of the most significant details of the main facade is the clock with statues. This animated clock was built by watchmaker Bartolome Fernandez in the end of XVIII century.

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    Ancient Roman Walls

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 5, 2014

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    Anybody knows about ancient walls of Avila, Lugo, Leon and some other Spanish cities. But not so many people know that there are roman wall in the city of Astorga. These walls were built in I A. D. and reconstructed in 1242 by the Bishop Nuno. Since that time they still stand without any changes. In fact all circle of the city walls survived till nowadays. Anybody who is interested in ancient and medieval fortification will be satisfied with his visit to this place.

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    Church of San Francesco

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 4, 2014

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    According to the legend, monastery and church of San Francesco were founded in 1212 by Saint Francis of Assisi personally during his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Monastery doesn’t exist anymore after the law of secularization adopted in XIX century. To the wall of this church attached small chapel of Santa Vera Cruz. This chapel is the HQ of local confraternity of the True Cross. In front of the church and chapel is situated the excavation of Ancient Roman Villa. Unfortunately it was the Saturday evening and both church and chapel were closed. So, alas, I failed to get in.

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    Excavations of Roman Villa

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    Archeological excavations of Roman Villa were found in 1892 under the foundations of former prison. This Villa was probably built in I B.C. – I A.D. Some mosaics with the bear and birds still survived in good conditions. Access to excavations is free of charge and available every day. You can easily find that archeological site near the church of San Francisco Monastery at Padres Redentoristas Street.

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    Quo Vadis/El Caminante

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    Sculpture installed in the Plaza de San Francisco de Astorga on 5 May 2011 is work in bronze by artist Rosendo García Ramos "Sendo", from San Justo de la Vega, León, and is linked to the Camino de Santiago.

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    Church of Saint Bartholomew

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    Church of Saint Bartholomew was built in the late of XI century. Originaly Romanesque church has undergone several transformations throughout its history and currently presenting diverse architectural styles. The tower dates from the XII century, main facade XIV and interiors XVI th.
    As far as I know there is a lot of statues and decorations dedicated to San Bartolome, San Jose and San Juan Bautista but I failed to get in because it was Saturday evenin and church was already closed. This church is the headquarters of the Brotherhood of the Knights of Silence, sheltering inside various images of this Brotherhood, such as the Ecce Homo, the Virgin of the Rosary and Our Lady of Sorrows. About historical importance of this church says the fact that et the Council of Astorga had its sessions here from XV to XVIII century.

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    Convento de Santcti Spiritus

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 3, 2014

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    This monastery was founded and built in XVI century and it is still active. Since interiors of monastery church was made in XVIII century local nuns can boast with fabulous baroque.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take non-commercial photos without flash light and tripod.

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    Cruceiro Santo Toribio/Saint Toribio Cross

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 3, 2014

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    Five kilometers east from Astorga on the high hill stands the big cross known as the Cross of Saint Toribio. This saint lived in V century A.D. and was the Bishop of Astorga. Having been banished from the city Toribio the Bishop of Astorga supposedly fell on his knees exactly at this place in the final farewell with the city. Near the cross is situated excellent view pint from there you can observe the city of Astorga and the valley.

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    3 angles

    by globetrott Updated Nov 2, 2012

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    These 3 angles, that were planned for the interior of the episcopal palace of Astorga by Antonio Gaudi once, will be seen nowadays in the park around of the museum, so dont miss them, when you come out of the Museum!
    The episcopal palace was finished by another architect after the early death of Antonio Gaudi, who had most of his ideas in the head, but did not put them into the drawn plans.

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    Capilla de la Sta. Vera Cruz

    by globetrott Written Nov 2, 2012

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    Capilla de la Sta. Vera Cruz is a small chapel that I found at the other side of the old town of Astorga, but unfortunately the doors of it were closed. I really love such tiny churches with that typical churchtower that is just a wall that shows also the bells of the church. The chapel is dating back to the year 1816.
    There seems to be a monastery next to it as well.

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    the medieval townwalls

    by globetrott Updated Nov 2, 2012

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    In Astorgas you will be able to see some quite large remains of the medieval townwalls and they were also the first sight of Astorga that I saw, when getting out of the bus in the central busstation. the town seems to be built on a small hill, that was once totally surrounded by these walls and nowadays the citycentre is about 6 meters above the wall-grounds.
    Astorga was founded already in Roman times and has about 12.000 inhabitants nowadays.

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