Entered the hotel room, took a rest a little and then wandered around the town of 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.
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.
The medieval church of Santa María was built in the late twelfth century.
From the Plaza de la Encina, going to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento through the Reloj Street. A clock tower is there.
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.
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.
Ferdinand II of León donated the city to the Templar order for protecting the pilgrims on the Way of St. James in 1178.
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.
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 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.