Going to Villafranca del Bierzo from Cacabelos.
Arrived at the edge of the town of Villafranca del Bierzo, and took a lunch in the restaurant of La Charola Hostal.
At this restaurant I met modern Spanish Amazones.
Said “Adiós, señoritas” and left there for the city of Villafranca del Bierzo. Vilafranca del Bierzo is a village and municipality located in the comarca of El Bierzo.
The Castle-Palace of the Marquis of Villafranca was rebuilt by Pedro de Toledo in 1515.
Past the front of the Castle-Palace, going to the Santiago church.
Iglesia de Santiago Apóstol (St. James Church) is a Catholic parish church located in Villafranca del Bierzo.
The Iglesia de Santiago has a unique rectangular nave with barrel vault with Baroque chapel and vestry added in the thirteenth century.
The Door of Forgiveness was open for many years for ill and tired pilgrims. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the door was boarded up due to pests and to protect the temple from the plague.
After the Iglesia de Santiago, I headed to the nearby Pilgrim hostel “Albergue de peregrinos Ave Fenix.”
Ayuntamiento Villafranca del Bierzo; The City Hall is located on the Plaza Mayor. It is a Galician speaking council of Castilla and León, the municipality has 3,504 inhabitants.
Convent of San Francisco was founded by Queen Doña Urraca in 1213, and moved to the current location in 1285.
The original Convent of San Francisco only preserved the church, some walls and arches of the cloister.
Santa María Collegiate Church; The Collegiate Church had its origins in a Benedictine monastery built in twelfth century with hospice to care for French pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago.
This church stands on the old site of the Santa María de Cluniaco or Cruñego monastery. Belonging to the Late Gothic period, it has certain Plateresque elements.
La iglesia-convento de San Nicolás (The church convent of San Nicolas) is a religious and architectural complex built in twelfth century in Villafranca del Bierzo.
There are too many churches in this village. I got tired of visiting these churches. So I decided going to the Burbia River.
Villafranca is located at the confluence of the rivers Valcarce and Burbia, and it is natural gateway to the Sierra de Los Ancares (mountain range of the Galician Massif), declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.