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La Pata de Oca

Bert45

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Have you wondered why the name "La Pata de Oca" (The Goose's Foot) was given to an albergue in Torres del Río? I asked the proprietor what was its significance. He explained that it was a Christian symbol. The footprint of a goose (three lines pointing up and one pointing down) is supposed to resemble the sign of the Cross. So now you know!
Some illustrations here: https://www.juegodelaoca.com/Esoterico/pataoca.htm
 
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Have you wondered why the name "La Pata de Oca" (The Goose's Foot) was given to an albergue in Torres del Río? I asked the proprietor what was its significance. He explained that it was a Christian symbol. The footprint of a goose (three lines pointing up and one pointing down) is supposed to resemble the sign of the Cross. So now you know!
Some illustrations here: https://www.juegodelaoca.com/Esoterico/pataoca.htm
Great place, by the way....
 

J Willhaus

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I think there also used to me some kind of monument at Puenta la Reina near the bridge which explained this? Maybe I dreamed it, but I remember reading about it somewhere along in there...
 

Bert45

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I think there also used to me some kind of monument at Puenta la Reina near the bridge which explained this? Maybe I dreamed it, but I remember reading about it somewhere along in there...
There is an unusual (unique according to somebody on TripAdvisor) crucifix in the church of the Crucifijo in Puente la Reina in which Christ is nailed to a Y-shaped cross. Perhaps this is what you're thinking of.
 

joramos

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Have you wondered why the name "La Pata de Oca" (The Goose's Foot) was given to an albergue in Torres del Río? I asked the proprietor what was its significance. He explained that it was a Christian symbol. The footprint of a goose (three lines pointing up and one pointing down) is supposed to resemble the sign of the Cross. So now you know!
Some illustrations here: https://www.juegodelaoca.com/Esoterico/pataoca.htm
Yes, but this was the albergue where my Camino backpack and all its contents was stolen from the designated transporting space. They took my retractable walking cane and my shower shoes off my backpack and put it in my sons backpack. The proprietor never took responsibility or blame even though the theft happened inside the premises of the albergue.
 
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Have you wondered why the name "La Pata de Oca" (The Goose's Foot) was given to an albergue in Torres del Río? I asked the proprietor what was its significance. He explained that it was a Christian symbol. The footprint of a goose (three lines pointing up and one pointing down) is supposed to resemble the sign of the Cross. So now you know!
Some illustrations here: https://www.juegodelaoca.com/Esoterico/pataoca.htm

There is a pond and 13 geese in the cloister of the other Cathedral in Barcelona - ‘representing, according to tradition, the age of Saint Eulalia when she was martyred.’
I wondered - why geese? Maybe this is the reason.

 

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