We have arrived, either by bus or by train, and are settling into our hostel quite well. We are currently in the starting point of our Camino: León.
León is the capital of the province of León and is located within the autonomous community of Castile and León, whose capital is Valladolid.
Tonight we prepared and enjoyed a potluck dinner which included Leónese chorizo, cheese, and wine and ravioli with vegetables. Good times and food were had by all!
León is an ancient Roman town, founded in 29 AD as Legio VI Victrix, a Roman military camp. Legio, from which León derives its name, was the Roman military capital of the Iberian peninsula. It was ruled by the Muslims under the Umayyad caliphate, but was repopulated successfully and made Christian by Ordoño I in 856.
The long Christian tradition of the city has left behind some incredible sights and churches; we will be visiting a few tomorrow: the French-style high Gothic cathedral, the Romanesque Basilica of San Isidoro (which is also the resting place of León’s medieval monarchs), and the Spanish Renaissance plateresque style Monastery of San Marcos. For the modern art fans among us, we will also be visiting the Casa de Botines, one of three buildings located outside of Catalonia that is designed by renowned architect Antoni Gaudí.
Many of us are still jet-lagged but are raring to begin the Camino tomorrow. Through we won’t be walking until Friday (to San Martín del Camino), León is our first Camino city.