Foncebadón is also a stop on the way to St. James, Santiago de Compostela.
Foncebadón is a extremely small village in the municipality of Santa Colomba de Somoza, in the province of León.The village is located on 1,430m above sea level and has a population of 13 inhabitants.
The village, situated on a popular pilgrimage route, flourished during the Middle Ages. But the Protestant Reformation, the Napoleonic Wars and the construction of new roads and railways led to a decline in the number of pilgrims passing through the village.
In the 1960s and 70s, many of Foncebadón’s residents migrated to nearby cities in search of employment; by the 1990s, there were only two people, a mother and son, living among the ruins of the once-thriving settlement.
Mounds of summer grass – the place where old farmer one time dreamed a dream.
Cruz de hierro or Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross) of Foncebadón is one of the most important symbols of the Santiago’s Way. I placed a stone with my name that was brought from Hiroshima.
Past the Iron Cross, I found a strange house, such as a shed. Surprisingly it was an albergue on the village of Manjarin. Even more surprisingly, an old man had run the albergue.
Manjarín is a very small, almost deserted and desolate place on the Camino de Santiago in the province of León. Manjarín village was devastated in the same way as Foncebadón. Today the town has nine inhabitants.