Astorga, northern Spain

Astorga is a city in northwestern Spain in the province of León, in the autonomous community of Castile and Leon. The river Tuerto flows through it.

Walking to the city center of Astorga.

Walking to the city center of Astorga.

Astorga is the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Astorga , one of the largest dioceses in Spain.

Map of Astorga

Map of Astorga

Catedral de Santa María de Astorga

Catedral de Santa María de Astorga

Cathedral of Santa Maria is the main place of worship in the town of Astorga. The current cathedral was built in the Gothic style from 1471.

Altarpiece, Nave and Cloister of Astorga Cathedral

Altarpiece, Nave and Cloister of the Cathedral

The Episcopal Palace of Astorga and the Entrace.

The Episcopal Palace of Astorga and the Entrace.

The Episcopal Palace is a building by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. It was built between 1889 and 1913, designed in the Catalan Modernisme style.

Church of Santa Marta

Church of Santa Marta

Santa Marta was a martyr Christian. According to the tradition, Marta was born in Astorga. Iglesia de Santa Marta is a parish church of Astorga, the construction ended in 1741, when he was declared as a official patron of the city.

Beautiful walls of Astorga were built between the 13th and 15th centuries.

Beautiful walls of Astorga were built between the 13th and 15th centuries.

Astorga Ayuntamiento (City Hall)

Astorga Ayuntamiento (City Hall)

The City Hall of Astorga is located in the pedestrian Plaza Mayor, in the heart of town. It is a baroque palace, built by stone in 1675.

Plaza Mayor of Astorga

Plaza Mayor of Astorga

The Plaza Mayor of Astorga is located in the historic and commercial center of the city, it could be the ancient Roman Forum.

The accommodation, albergue on Plaza San Francisco

The accommodation, albergue on Plaza San Francisco

Put the backpack in the albergue and then walked around the town of Astorga aimless-ly.

Photographs of Astorga taken without intention.

Photographs of Astorga taken without intention.

An old man greeted me at a street. “Hola, Es buen tiempo hoy. ¿Vas a Santo Jacob?” I don’t understand a bit of Spanish. But I thought that he probably said “It’s fine today. Are you going to St. Jacob?” I replied. “Sí, señor. I’m going to Santiago de Compostela.”

Greeted with an old man in a street, the retreating figure.

Greeted with an old man in a street, the retreating figure.

“Buen viaje” he said. (Maybe he said “Have a nice trip.) “Gracias, señor” I said. Then, he went away. I said to his retreating back in my heart, his rest of life will be peaceful…

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