Cebreiro Travel Guide

  • Reliquary presented by the Catholic Queen
    Reliquary presented by the Catholic...
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  • Resting Pilgrims
    Resting Pilgrims
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  • Chalice (Galician Grail) and Paten
    Chalice (Galician Grail) and Paten
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    by Oleg_D. Updated Apr 20, 2013

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    There are a lot of Pilgrims, several coffee bars and couple restaurant and several hotels and hostels in this tiny village. So, if you would to feel and test real Galicia then this is your place! Visit Church of Santa Maria a Real do Cebreiro then have a nice lunch or a glass of wine, stein of beer or at least a cup of coffee. After that you will see that this world became little bit better!

    Except the Albergue for pilgrims there are several accommodations. It is possible to book there using the phones as follows.
    San Giraldo de Aurillac, tel. +34(982) 367 127
    Santuario do Cebreiro, tel. +34(982) 367 127
    Casa Carolo, tel. +34(982) 367 168
    Venta Celta, tel. +34(667) 553 006
    Meson Anton, tel. +34(952) 151 336

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    That church was built high in the Galician Mountains in IX century. In fact this is the oldest church on the Camino Frances (French Way) of Camino de Santiago (Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela). There were hospital and cemetery for pilgrims in O Cebreiro. Traditionally all local life and all local trades were built up around the Pilgrimage and pilgrims. And that is still true today. Officially registered miracle happened here in the Church of Santa Maria Real during the snowy and cold winter of 1300. Try to imagine the very skeptical and lazy priest who hopes nobody will come to the church for a mass and that will be the very good excuse to go home and relax. The weather was especially harsh on that day, the temperatures fell deep down below zero and the wind was fierce. Only one parishioner a peasant from the village of Barzamaior named Juan Santin came to a mass. He suffered the cold, wind and deep snow but he came. The priest whose faith was weak and who had doubts about the God’s Might started to serve the Mass. That priest had special doubts about the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacraments. That’s why he despised that humble peasant whom he considered the fanatic spoiled he relaxation in the warm home. When priest started celebrate the mass and said the words of consecration the Host was turned into Flesh and the wine in chalice turned into Blood. Even the statue of Virgin Mary made a bow in adoration of a miracle. God taught a lesson that ignorant priest. That Host turned into flesh was left on the paten in the church. And the chalice where the wine turned into flesh became known as the Galician Grail. Almost two hundred years later Isabella the Queen of Castile and Leon learned about that miracle during her pilgrimage to Santiago in 1486. She presented special reliquary to preserve the miraculous Host. Ever since the Queen’s visit, the reliquary with the Host, the Chalice and Statue of Virgin are carried in the solemn procession every year on August 15 during the Fest of Corpus Christi and on September 8 during the fest of Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary.
    Tombs of the two protagonists of the Holy Miracle, the parishioner Juan Santin and the monk of Aurillac are on the right hand said from the Chalice, Paten and Reliquary.
    The chapel of San Benito is located to the left side of the high altar and it is devoted to the Benedictine monks the founders of the church. There is sepulcher of the parish priest Elías Valiña Sanpedro who started the restoration of the village and who was an important promoter of the Saint James Way. He was parish priest of O Cebreiro from 1959 till 1989.
    Admission free. Non commercial photo without flash light and tripod is allowed. Any donations are highly welcomed and appreciated.

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    That church was built high in the Galician Mountains in IX century. In fact this is the oldest church on the Camino Frances (French Way) of Camino de Santiago (Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela). There were hospital and cemetery for pilgrims in O Cebreiro. Traditionally all local life and all local trades were built up around the Pilgrimage and pilgrims. And that is still true today. Officially registered miracle happened here in the Church of Santa Maria Real during the snowy and cold winter of 1300. Try to imagine the very skeptical and lazy priest who hopes nobody will come to the church for a mass and that will be the very good excuse to go home and relax. The weather was especially harsh on that day, the temperatures fell deep down below zero and the wind was fierce. Only one parishioner a peasant from the village of Barzamaior named Juan Santin came to a mass. He suffered the cold, wind and deep snow but he came. The priest whose faith was weak and who had doubts about the God’s Might started to serve the Mass. That priest had special doubts about the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacraments. That’s why he despised that humble peasant whom he considered the fanatic spoiled he relaxation in the warm home. When priest started celebrate the mass and said the words of consecration the Host was turned into Flesh and the wine in chalice turned into Blood. Even the statue of Virgin Mary made a bow in adoration of a miracle. God taught a lesson that ignorant priest. That Host turned into flesh was left on the paten in the church. And the chalice where the wine turned into flesh became known as the Galician Grail. Almost two hundred years later Isabella the Queen of Castile and Leon learned about that miracle during her pilgrimage to Santiago in 1486. She presented special reliquary to preserve the miraculous Host. Ever since the Queen’s visit, the reliquary with the Host, the Chalice and Statue of Virgin are carried in the solemn procession every year on August 15 during the Fest of Corpus Christi and on September 8 during the fest of Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary.
    Tombs of the two protagonists of the Holy Miracle, the parishioner Juan Santin and the monk of Aurillac are on the right hand said from the Chalice, Paten and Reliquary.
    The chapel of San Benito is located to the left side of the high altar and it is devoted to the Benedictine monks the founders of the church. There is sepulcher of the parish priest Elías Valiña Sanpedro who started the restoration of the village and who was an important promoter of the Saint James Way. He was parish priest of O Cebreiro from 1959 till 1989.
    Admission free. Non commercial photo without flash light and tripod is allowed. Any donations are highly welcomed and appreciated.

    Central nave&altare where the miracle happened The Chapel of Holy Miracle Reliquary with Host and Chalice Galician Grail and paten Statue of Virgin which gave a bow to the
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