Carrión de los Condes is one of the medieval towns of the Kingdom of Leon. About 1000 years ago, more than 10,000 people are said to have lived here. Today, not much remains of the former splendor.
The pilgrimage route passes through the town. At the entrance to the town you can see remains of the city wall, the pilgrim monument and behind it the church of Santa Maria el Camino.
Right next to the church of Santa Maria el Camino is an excellent, very clean pilgrim hostel, where I stayed as a bike pilgrim in 2004. Remarkable: no bunk beds!
View into the Romanesque vault of the church. The altar shines in baroque exuberance. Click on the image to see the golden altar in more detail
The small main square in the center with the town hall ...
... and the Santiago Church from the 12th century.
Remarkable the west facade of the church, which is now a museum.
Christ as Pantocrator is surrounded by evangelist symbols.
On a small hill above the Rio Carrión stands church Nostra Senora de Belen.
The pilgrimage route leads across this bridge over the Carrón out of the city to the monastery of San Zoilo.
When I was biking in 2004, I carelessly rode past it, not realizing that in 2013 ...