"Castresory...the long town"
Insight from a Pilgrim...
In realtion to the pilgrimage, the pilgrimage road is the town's principal street that includes a 2-km arc. This street links five churches and seven pilgrim hospices. It has been called "Castresory... the long town" by German Arnold von Harff in 1497. Furthermore, in the excavations under the plaza in the cemetery of San Esteban, there was a 14th-c. pilgrim skeleton that was complete with habit, scallop shells, and English and French coins. (Gitlitz & Davidson, 2000).
Ex-Colegiata de Santa Maria del ManzanoThe founding of the church was due to a miracle in which Santiago was passing by and saw the Virgin Mary in an apple tree. Because he saw saw Mary, he was so excited that he lept onto his horse with a massive force that the horses hoofprints can be seen outside of the south side of the church on a rock. The west door include figures that have a detailed image of a Gothic Annunciation. There is also a rose windo that was donated by Cardenal Inigo Lopez de Mendoza. Inside there is a Virgen de Nuestra Senora del Populo, six Rococo paintings by Antonio Rafael Mengs, and the Virgen del Manzano. Furthermore, there is a tomb that is marked by the sepulcher of dona Leonor de Castilla who was the wife of Alfonso IV de Aragon. Dona Leonor was assassinated in the Castle of Castrogerize in 1359.. (Gitlitz & Davidson, 2000).
Iglesia de Santo Domingo
Iglesia De Santiago de los Cablleros
Iglesia de San Juan de los Caballeros
After having our fun with Lucas, we all packed our backpacks with lunch and headed up a hill that seemed to go on and on forever. It was very steep, and the paths were made of gravel. It was the first time that I really appreciated my hiking boots. On the way up, we saw the church that Santiago's horse left foot prints on the cement. The church was currently being work on, so we were not able to enter the church at this time. However, one of the workers said it would be open to the public in June. (We all decided we were coming back to see the inside of the church and then go to a Jazz festival that is going to be held in an area we stayed at in Spain) We tried to find the hoove prints, but we could not find them, so our thoughts were that they might have been located in the church now for viewing and to preserve the imprints.
Then, we began our long journey up the hill. the process of climbing the hill was not the best, because I realzied how out of shape I am especially for hills, but the views that we saw from climing the hill and on top of the hill were breathe taking! I saw tall green grass with white flowers and red poppies all around. I saw ruins and houses built into the hill. As I continued up the hill, I saw the hill grow smaller and smaller I could see for kilometers away. I saw the Santiago Camino road. The cars looked like little ants going to their home. Going up the hill took the longest not just because it was hard on my body, but I kept stopping just so I could take pictures of everything whether it was clouds, buildings, the town, flowers, ruins, or rock. Everything had a place and everything made this experience beautiful and unforgetable. At the top of the hill, we saw the ruins of the castle. Dr. Survilla said that when she came three years ago, the castle did not look the same way it did now, but in a good way. Since her previous trip, the castle has been cleaned up and the inside was recreated to represent a blueprint of the castle so that visitors could visualize what these ruins uses to look like. When I walked into the castle I immediately began to picture myself living in this castle. I imagined what areas were dedicated to what important feature or section of that castle that kept it up and going (with the help of a premade visual that was placed during the cleaning up of the castle). We climbed the tower and viewed the country side from the highest point. Some individuals even climbed a bit further to take photos. I thought they were extremely brave, because even just watching them climb up to where they were gave the chills and I cringed inside. After exploring we went back down to the first floor of the castle and at lunch. Our lunch was delicious we had sausage from the region, melon, a pastery from the region, cheese from the region, bread, peppers, and some kind of chocolate and vanilla spread that was similar to nutella. Once everyone had their share of food, we were given the opportunity to spend some time to ourselves to journal, reflect, read, or even nap at the site. Some went and journals, many slept on the ruins, but I decided that I was going to hide in a window opening that had a view of the country side and read my book. I think that this part of the trip was my favorite, becasue I love castles and exploring them and imagining myself living in one of the castles. By reading in this window, I felt that I could have time do do something that I love, but also I had the time to 'live' at the castle and relax for a while. I figured, if I lived there, I would probabily put a cussion and a blanket in there and make it my official reading nook. The only down fall of going up the hill was not just my asthma like symptoms that I get when I exercise, but there were no bathrooms so that created an invonvience! haha! Overall, I loved Castrojeriz, especially the trip up the hill and the visit to the ruined castle.
Below are pictures that I took on my journey in Castrojeriz. Hope you enjoy!