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San Juan de la Peña

Back again to the old monastery. I've have a number of favorite photos from here so I'll be slowly giving a tour. The monastery was in use from 920 to 1675 and, although the monastery is mostly of romanesqe architecture there are a number of other styles here.

In the mozarabic original church a romanesque painting from 12th century depicting the martyrdoms of Saints Damian and Cosme.

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Looking back at Atienza (its castle is on the hill to the left of the picture) on the way to Retortillo de Soria on the Ruta de la Lana.

The castle was still held by the Moors when el Cid passed by here one night in the 1080s, avoiding it as "una peña muy fuerte", according to the Cantar.

It is close to the border going to Soria province, Spain's most vaciada province, from Guadalajara province, its third least populated one, where the camino crosses from Castilla La Mancha to Castilla y León.

A lonely day's walk, but astonishingly beautiful on a clear autumn day.


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San Juan de la Peña

Back again to the old monastery. I've have a number of favorite photos from here so I'll be slowly giving a tour. The monastery was in use from 920 to 1675 and, although the monastery is mostly of romanesqe architecture there are a number of other styles here.

The high church was dedicated in 1094. In front of the apses and above is the rock overhang, it may have once been painted. In the central apse is a replica of the chalice revered as the Holy Grail. It was kept here for protection from the Moors until 1399 and is now at the cathedral in Valencia.

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The coordinates for the old monastery are 42.508,-0.673
 

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I've always been enamored and a bit wary of the dogs (and occasional el gato) one meets on the Camino. But the only time I've been bitten was running in my neighborhood where the pampered little yappers will jump you at any opportunity.
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Camino Portuguese- 25th, April, 2016. Before entering Azambuja, after walking 6+kms on the very busy N3.
In Azambuja, we met two Portuguese pilgrims from the local Pilgrim Association, who were way marking an alternative to walking on the N3, thank goodness.
We only saw empty storks nests on the Camino Frances in Aug/Sept 2014 but while walking the Portuguese in April/May 2016 we saw many storks nests with lots of storks, it was wonderful. They were in some very interesting spots. There were at least nine in this photo.


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San Juan de la Peña

Back again to the old monastery. I've have a number of favorite photos from here so I'll be slowly giving a tour. The monastery was in use from 920 to 1675 and, although the monastery is mostly of romanesqe architecture there are a number of other styles here.

18th century neo-classical Royal Pantheon. (I'm not sure how or why this was done when the monastery was not in use but I'm passing on what the handout said.)

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Via de Bayona, looking back towards the Ermita Nuestra Señora (in the trees) and the dramatic mountain behind it. Walking in the westward direction meant the layers of rock were not obvious, until you looked back. Qué sorpresa! :eek:

And then there were the wonderful plants up there as we went a little farther along, veritable carpets of blooming herbs. My patient walking companion had to put up with some geological and botanical excitement and frothing at the mouth. Blahblahblahblah...🙃
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San Juan de la Peña

I'm still at the old monastery. I've have a few more favorite photos from here. The monastery was in use from 920 to 1675 and, although the monastery is mostly of romanesque architecture there are a number of other styles here.

Mozarabic door into the high church with a 12th century inscription, "The door to Heaven is opened through this one to all those faithful who devote themselves to joining faith and God's Commandments".

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12th century romanesque cloister and 17th century Chapel of San Voto, a renaissance transition to baroque building. The informational handout says that the wall outboard of the cloister once extended to the overhanging rock making an indoor courtyard.

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By the way, it looks as if reconstruction has taken place in the cloister, I think quite a lot. I'll have to research this. Also, the pillars are made up with from one to four columns.
 
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Puente Colgante, Viscaya Bridge, Portugalete, 14 September 2018 View attachment 76129

Camino del Norte- 6th, May, 2018 Also the Viscaya Bridge, Portugalete, but we took the lower option, not in a car! We really enjoyed our walk from Bilbao on a quiet Sunday morning along the east bank of the river and crossing the river on this wonderful bridge.

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Wow, this is a tough one - so many photo's that all mean so much, but, instinctively today, this is the first one I thought of - taken on 18/05 last year. I had completed the Norte/Primitivo Camino and had made some incredible friendships along the way and now, suddenly, I was on my own again - leaving Santiago to walk on to Finisterre and Muxia. This was taken the morning I left Santiago, somewhere near Sarela de Abaixo I think. Funny, it's only occurring to me as I write this that maybe it feels so instinctive right now is I now have that same feeling of loss of companionship, slight apprehension, loneliness etc - but still being able to 'look back' and feel so lucky that up to this point, I've had a pretty lucky and life has been good - and I know it will be again.

Wow, I have this same picture; the catedral in Santiago from a distance, early in the morning as I left for Finisterre. I bet others do, too. And I had exactly the same feelings you did.
 
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I'm done with my San Juan de la Peña photos for now. I may take the ones I've shown on this thread and some more and add them to a new forum members album for my account in the future. In the meantime, if you are looking for more pictures, use the links below.

See photos at Flickr taken near San Juan de la Peña.

Use this link to visit Google maps' page for San Juan de la Peña; it has 360 degree views, videos and photos. Click on the photograph shown on that page to see what else is available.

You have a choice of maps of the area showing both the old and new monasteries at this link to gpsvisualizer.com. The view is best on a desktop or laptop but it should work okay on a phone. You will have to play with the zoom level though.
 
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Camino Primitivo, September 2018. From La Mesa to Embalse de Salime. We walked uphill in beautiful sunshine. On our way downhill we met the fog. There had been a forest fire, so many trees were quite black. A special atmosphere. 9E5D04C8-7063-4589-9ED8-248B30D68ECD.jpeg
 
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I actually just opened this thread today, and wondered why I hadn't done it earlier. I have thousands of photos, but this gives me a chance to go through some of them and choose favorites. So here is the first. This is a photo in Antequera on the route from Malaga and is April 22, 2016. I think it is one of the most beautiful cities I've been in.
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And here is a photo that is a favorite because it makes me laugh out loud every time I see it.

So I'm walking along and I come to this gate.
I'm a farm girl. I should know gates ...
but I guess I was exhausted, because I couldn't figure out how in the HELL I would get over or around it.

I finally took my pack off, tossed it over the fence, and climbed over,
(Macabi skirts are NOT made for climbing fences!)
ONLY to find THIS on the other side!
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Shortly before Melide, May 2018. The husband drives the tractor his wife follows with a basket of seed. My idea of the good life! 16698783-4A82-44AB-A87A-F1FC64E0A5B4.jpeg
 
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Loose cattle. Please close the gate.

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Another of my stupid but favorite photos. Why? Anyone notice the iPhone at the lower right corner? It had to have been there a few days because it was down to 2% battery. It must have belonged to a pilgrim as it was far from town and its boot messages were in Catalan. I cleaned it up and charged it and passed it to another pilgrim, a fast walking Spaniard, to try to connect to albergues ahead of us. I texted him, circumstanctually as he arrived in Santiago, but he hadn't found the owner.
 
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Camino Portuguese- 30th, May, 2016 Santa Maria do Olival, Tomar. This is the Templar Mother church, St Mary in the Olive Grove, which was allegedly connected by secret tunnels to the Templar Castle, on the other side of town. The church contains many hidden symbols of the Order. We were very fortunate to visit it when Dulce a local guide was there, who gave us a fantastic personalised tour of the church, showing us many of the hidden Templar signs and their meanings.


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