Picture courtesy of the Town Council of Castrojeriz.
AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY: Castile and León
DISTANCE TO SANTIAGO: 446 km
Calle Real de Oriente, 57
Tel .: [+34] 947 378 588
LINKS OF INTEREST
FESTIVALS & OTHER EVENTS:
San Juan (Saint John): June 24th, patron saint’s days.
Garlic Fair: weekend before the feast of Saint James the Apostle (July 25th). The streets are dotted with stalls selling garlic and other local produces - such as sausages, sheep's milk cheese, sweet things and “morcilla” pork’s blood sausages. Here you can see how garlic plaits are made and indulge in home-made garlic soup and garlic chicken dishes.
Old fortress atop a hill that played an important role in the history of Castile. After the Arab conquest it was repopulated by Captain Nuro Núñez in 882 and in 974 it was awarded the first of the Castilian “fuero” charter of privileges.
The old district is surrounded by one of the most remarkable pedestrian streets on the Way. Just 1 kilometre-long, on whose sides churches, hospitals, inns and shops were built.
- Collegiate Church of Nuestra Señora del Manzano (“Our Lady of the Apple Tree”): temple with a transitional style between Romanesque and Gothic. Erected in 1214 by order of Berenguela the Great, queen of Castile. The rose window on the façade was added later, in the 16th century, and renovation works were carried out in the mid-18th century.
- Church of Santo Domingo: of Gothic style, yet its neoclassical vaults and main altarpiece are from the 18th century. The Mudejar-style coffered ceiling was later replaced by stone vaults. It has a beautiful façade made in Spanish Plateresque style dating from the late 16th century.
- Church of San Juan: in the early 16th century, Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón, the architect of the Gothic cathedrals of Salamanca, Segovia and Plasencia, developed a new plan for this church following the German Gothic style and the so-called “salon” style, i.e. the side aisles are as high as the nave.
TRACK Hontanas - Boadilla del Camino
NEARBY POINTS OF INTEREST
- Itero del Castillo: the Romanesque-style Fitero Bridge from the 12th century, the austere tower after which the town is named since the year 934, and the church of San Cristóbal from the 18th century.
- Boadilla de Camino: sluice-gate no. 16 of the Castile Canal, the aqueducts of Carremarsilla and Valdecornete, the parish church of the Assumption built in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Old Fountain; and the Jurisdictional Roll in Gothic style, the tallest of all the rolls in the province of Palencia, being 7.60 m high and 12.30 m in perimeter at the base.