Ponferrada, Province of León

Entered the hotel room, took a rest a little and then wandered around the town of Ponferrada.

Hotel Temple and Statue of Templar on Plaza Temple, Ponferrada

Hotel Temple and Statue of Templar on Plaza Temple, Ponferrada

Ponferrada lies on Sil River and it is completely surrounded by mountains. Ponferrada is one of the major staging posts on the Pilgrim’s Road to Santiago de Compostela as it passes through the province of León.

Rio Sil is in León and Galicia, a tributary of the Miño. Its total length is 225 kilometres. The source of the Sil is in the Cantabrian Mountains. It flows through the provinces of León and Ourense. Ponferrada is the largest city on the Sil.

Rio Sil is in León and Galicia, a tributary of the Miño. Its total length is 225 kilometres. The source of the Sil is in the Cantabrian Mountains. It flows through the provinces of León and Ourense. Ponferrada is the largest city on the Sil.

Wandering streets in Ponferrada aimlessly

Wandering streets in Ponferrada aimlessly

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Encina (Basilica of Our Lady of the Encina)) is a Temple Christian situated on the Plaza de la Encina in Ponferrada.

Plaza Virgen de la Encina Ponferrada

Plaza Virgen de la Encina Ponferrada

Basilica of Our Lady of the Encina

Basilica of Our Lady of the Encina

The medieval church of Santa María was built in the late twelfth century.

Entrance and Altarpiece of the Basílica de la Encina

Entrance and Altarpiece of the Basílica de la Encina

The Holy Burial, Altarpiece of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Encina. A Haunting Depiction of Jesus Christ in a Glass Coffin.

The Holy Burial, Altarpiece of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Encina. A Haunting Depiction of Jesus Christ in a Glass Coffin.

From the Plaza de la Encina, going to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento through the Reloj Street. A clock tower is there.

Reloj Street and the clock tower.

Reloj Street and the clock tower.

Plaza del Ayuntamiento Ponferrada

Plaza del Ayuntamiento Ponferrada

Ayuntamiento, City Hall, of Ponferrada

Ayuntamiento, City Hall of Ponferrada

City Hall of Ponferrada was built in stone between 1692 and 1705. In addition to housing the municipal offices, inside find a tourist information office organizes guided city tours.

After the City Hall, decided to go to the Castillo De Los Templarios (Castle of the Templars). The castle is the highest of the centerpiece of Ponferrada.

Ponferrada Castle of the Templars

Ponferrada Castle of the Templars

The castle of Templar in Ponferrada is located on a hill at the confluence of the rivers Boeza and Sil.The castle was originally a castro (hill fort) of the Celts.

The Gate of Templar Castle in Ponferrada

The Gate of Templar Castle in Ponferrada

Ferdinand II of León donated the city to the Templar order for protecting the pilgrims on the Way of St. James in 1178.

Ponferrada Castle of the Templars

Ponferrada Castle of the Templars

The castle hosted the Knights Templar’s Grand Master of Castille. However, the Templars were only able to enjoy the use of their fortress for about twenty years before the order was disbanded and its properties confiscated in 1311.

Ponferrada Castle of the Templars

View of the town from the Templar Castle.

Finally the Catholic Monarchs incorporated Ponferrada and its castle into the Crown in 1486. Many of the blocks formed the walls of the castle were removed and used in local construction projects. How vain is the splendour of this world!

A Castle Visit  (From Trieste Bergerac UK)

A place of history, lives lived and life lost.
We know not today the human cost
Of battles fought by the ghosts of our past
To create a peace uncertain to last.

Walk slowly, walk quietly and open your mind,
To a world and its people that are here to find.
Floors trodden heavy with memories rich,
Walls with secrets they are happy to pitch.

Love, laughter; joy, sadness all under one roof;
Feel the emotion and imagine the truth
About the people who lived here long long ago
And whose spirit you salute when through this castle you flow.

Scenery of Ponferrada

Scenery of Ponferrada

People of Ponferrada love flowers.

People of Ponferrada love flowers.

 

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