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After Carrion de los Condes, the Meseta plateau begins. A dead-straight path stretches endlessly through the landscape - time to reflect on oneself and on pilgrimage.

endlos lange Strasse

Endless straight roads and later trails lead across the Meseta plateau.

Abby Santa Maria de Benevivere

Remains of the Abbey of Santa Maria de Benevivere. Renovation work can be seen.

The abbey dates back to the 12th century and was founded by Don Diego Martínez de Villamayor, a Castilian nobleman. Don Diego Martinez was one of the confidants of King Alfonso VII, Sancho III and Alfonso VIII. When he lost his wife, he decided to retire and founded the abbey in 1169.

The epic "Poema de Benevívere" from the 13th century tells the story of Diego Martínez de Villamayor in Latin.

Brunnen vor der Abtei Santa Maria de Benevivere

Much photographed idyllic arch with abbey Santa Maria de Benevivere. For us, the shady garden served as a resting place. Behind the wall the highway passes.

Way of St James in the Meseta

On and on, on and on ...

infinite straight path

... straight ahead. The landscape does not offer much variety. Nevertheless, it is very nice to hike here.

Calzadilla de la Cueza

The village of Calzadilla de la Cueza comes into view. Time for a lunch break.

Path in the plain

Instead of continuing along the road, we decide to take a small detour over a hill.

resting under a tree

Here you can find nice places under trees for a short rest.

many stones shaped to the arrow on the way

Near the village of Ledigos someone has built with much effort these stone signs.

Terradillos de los Templarios

The church of Terradillos de los Templarios. The place name refers to the Knights Templar. The Templars ensured the safety of pilgrims in the Middle Ages.

Virgen del Puente

Just before Sahagun is the Romanesque church of Santa Virgen del Puente.

I assume the "puente" is this delightful, ancient little bridge.

yellow arrow right Photos: Gerhard

to the chapel Santa Virgen de la Puente