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  1. henrythedog

    BBC ‘In our time’ Feb 18

    ‘In our time’ - the usually erudite BBC Radio 4 programme which justifies the licence fee in itself, is doing ‘medieval pilgrimage’ today. It’s available afterwards as a podcast on BBC sounds and elsewhere
  2. jungleboy

    Alfonso X, the History of Spain, and Medieval Manuscripts

    A diversion on a very cold day on the Iberian peninsula at a time when none of us can be on camino anyway. Pilgrims will be familiar with medieval manuscripts that you can sometimes see in museums, monasteries etc on the camino. Indeed, one of the most famous objects related to the camino is a...
  3. jungleboy

    Gothic architecture for beginners

    With the permission of @C clearly, I am starting the Gothic architecture for beginners thread, the third in a series that also includes Romanesque and Visigothic/Pre-Romanesque architecture. This is a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ post, where you can just read the basics or go deeper behind the...
  4. C clearly

    Visigothic/Pre-Romanesque architecture for beginners

    Here we go on a follow-up to the wildly popular thread on Romanesque architecture for beginners. Remember - I know nothing about this, except what I write below. There are other members with similar lack of knowledge, who would like to learn something. Please try to help us rather than confuse...
  5. C clearly

    Romanesque architecture for beginners

    As a person with very limited knowledge of architecture and history, I'd like to get some pointers on how to recognize different styles of architecture in Spain. It is overwhelming to google and find the huge amount of detail available - I need something a little more friendly, to get me...

    Did the pilgrims 1000 years ago walk on or next to the Roman roads?

    I often think 'How true is the current Frances route?' There are some parts that I have walked many times and each time I have questioned 'Why this route' Did it really follow the same route through the Meseta as it does today? I have had disagreements with others that say most of the Camino is...
  7. peregrina2000

    Industrial site museums on the caminos de Santiago

    There have been two recent descriptions by forum members who have visited former industrial sites turned into museums. The first was @jungleboy and @Wendy Werneth’s trip to the hat museum in Sao Joao da Madeira on the Camino Portugués. Interesting information from Nick and wendy here. More...
  8. Anik2001

    Short film from 1955

    I found an interesting link on a French Facebook page. It’s a short film in black and white from 1955, on the camino and Santiago. https://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/documentales-b-n/camino-santiago/2845385/
  9. peregrina2000

    Uproar over the renovations of San Marcos (the parador in León)

    The gist of this article is that some pictures have been released showing the renovations to the San Marcos parador. The article describes the public's reaction as scandalized. Look for yourself -- it is the post-industrial chic look. At least there are no exposed pipes, at least that I can...
  10. peregrina2000

    Alcalá del Júcar, a jewel on the Lana

    Escapada Rural keeps sending me links to all the many beautiful places to visit in rural Spain. Today, I got one about Alcalá del Júcar, which was a planned stop on my ”2020 Lana.” It looks just gorgeous, and helps motivate me to think about “2021 Lana.” Any other members hoping to walk the...
  11. peregrina2000

    Castles in Spain (many on a camino)

    I have occasionally reserved places to stay on the Escapada Rural website, and now they must think it’s a good idea to email me with tantalizing information about why I should be going to Spain. Just got this one, with a list of 31 ”not to be missed” castles. Though I think any list of ”top...
  12. VNwalking

    A resource if you are interested in prehistory of any of the caminos

    Or at home, for that matter. If you want to see what you might encounter on your camino or your walk at home of stone circles, menhir, cave paintings, castos, Roman stuff, etc...have a look. (I learned I walked right past a cave with paleotithic paintings in Astigarraga on the Vasco. Sigh.)...
  13. caminka

    crucero del santo cristo in molinaseca

    years back, I came across an article about an excavation beneath this (more) modern cross at the end of calle real in molinaseca. the article said that beneath the cross a monolith (possibly a menhir) was buried. this would probably be a unique definite reference of a cross replacing an earlier...
  14. Felipe

    A Visigoth necropolis found near Grañón and the Camino

    The archaeologists who carry out the inspection and possible rescue prior to the expansion of the A-12 motorway, between Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Villamayor have found a huge Visigothic necropolis, from VI or VII century, near Grañón (first thought was that they have discovered a mass...
  15. VNwalking

    Ancient churches on the San Salvador, Primitivo, and Via de la Plata

    Looking around online for some information about a virtual Camino de las Asturias, I stumbled across this beautiful article that describes some of the oldest churches in Spain, in detail and with photographs. https://orthodoxartsjournal.org/the-ancient-churches-of-spain/ Then, as one does, I...
  16. JLWV

    About the Camino del Cid

    Last thursday, July 2nd, during the zoom on Levante by Laurie, I named the Camino del Cid, and one participant lady asked about it. As I am not sure that my answer was clear enough (due to my bad english), here are some more information. This is not a pilgrimage way, but and historical one...
  17. Terry Callery

    When was James the Apostle Canonized as a Saint? What were his miracles?

    I am busy writing a historical novel set in the year 814 about the first pilgrimage of Alfonso II to the burial site of James the Apostle. When the headless body was discovered in the Roman Cemetery in the year 814, James was not yet a Saint. Two post mortem miracles are required for Sainthood...
  18. VNwalking

    Detailed Planning for Viejo/Olvidado from Pamplona

    Now that I have the hang of walking virtually after taking on the Invierno, I'm going to be more ambitous: next up is the combination of the Viejo and Olvidado from Pamplona to Ponferrada. I won't go any faster then I walk here everyday, so it will take a while (weeks? months?). As I go I'll...
  19. AJGuillaume

    Virtual (and very detailed) plan to walk the VdlP and Sanabrés (planning while in confinement)

    This year we were going to walk from Lisbon to SdC, after a few shorter walks in France and a week volunteering at SJPdP. As a result of Covid-19, we are now confined in Melbourne, Australia, and I have been keeping the dream alive by planning 2021 and 2022 (when I am not running after a...
  20. VNwalking

    Looking for something to listen to? Here's some Spanish history~

    This weekend, I spent some time on the internet looking for something interesting to listen to that had nothing to do with the pandemic. And I found these: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/wondery/tides-of-history/e/59974981 https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/wondery/tides-of-history/e/60120706...