Iglesia de San Martín Fromista is really beautiful Romanesque Church called “The Pearl of Castilla.” It is located on the Plaza de San Martín Frómista.
Iglesia San Martín de Tours was built in the 11th century in Romanesque style, it is located on the Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostella.
Iglesia de San Martín was built by Doña Mayor, the Queen of Castilla, and dedicated to St. Martin of Tours.
St. Martin of Tours (316 – 397) was Bishop of Tours, whose shrine in France became a famous stopping-point for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela. He has become one of the most familiar and recognisable Christian saints. As he was born in Hungary, spent much of his childhood in Italy, and lived most of his adult life in France, he is considered a spiritual bridge across Europe.
According to the legend, when Martin was a soldier in the Roman army and stationed in Gaul (France), he experienced a strange fantasy.
One day when he was approaching a gate of the Amiens city, he met a beggar shivering in the cold. He cut his military cloak in an instant and share it with the beggar.
In that night, Martin dreamed of Jesus wearing the half-cloak he had given away. In the dream Jesus say to the angels: “Martin clothed me with this robe.”
One day, when Martin woke, he noticed that the cloak is restored to wholeness.
This strange happenings made Martin to dedicate the rest of his life to Jesus.
Iglesia de St. Martin has a typical Romanesque exterior. The three-level façade shows the differing height of the nave and aisles of the interior; at the sides are two cylindrical bell towers. Between them lies an octagonal dome. The nave and the aisle, covered with barrel vaults, end with three apses.