- Year of past OR future Camino
- Holy Year from Pamplona 2010, SJPP 2011, Lisbon 2012, Le Puy 2013, Vezelay (partial watch this space!) 2014; 2015 Toulouse-Puenta la Reina (Arles)
In my opinion, the most amazing church before SdC must be San Isidoro in León. There is a tour usually in Spanish occasionally in English which should be taken the first time around. The church decoration is all Romanesque from the statues, the column capitals, to the gorgeous mind-boggling frescoes. It is also possible, or was anyway, to wander through by yourself – a better idea if you have already been there or have a good understanding of the Romanesque. The reception area offers postcards, small picture books, some history material, and books – the most relevant and affordable the most beautiful being “San Isidoro in Leon - the Royal Pantheon: The Advent of Romanesque Architecture, Sculpture, Painting” by Antonio Vinayo Gonzalez published by Esplendores del Arte Edilesa. Something I purchased years ago. Price 14€. Also available in German. Moving on to stupid stupid me…the plates in the book are absolutely amazing in their detail and beauty – I’ve often looked through the book – just to remember. Today pulled it down again and made a startling discovery, all the pages showing the plates are double and sealed at the edge like old uncut books! There are twice as many plates as I have ever seen and I never knew! Wish me luck I’m off to try and open them!