Day 33b. Sahagún, Camino.September 6 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C
In Sahagún we followed the path to Santuario de la Virgen Peregrina church to get our half way Camino certificate. This marks 400km from St Jean Pied du Port with another 400km to Santiago de Compostella. We paid 3€ each for the certificates printed with our names and viewed the church and it’s museum.
Sahagún derives its name from the saint San Facundo who was martyred here and the 9th century monastery, Abadia de San Benito el Real de Sahagún, built in his honour by King Alfonso III de Asturias, el Magno. The monastery grew in importance during the reign of Alfonso VI de Castilla who showered the town with prestige and money for the help he received from the monastery during the war with his brother Sancho III. During the Middle Ages the monastery became the most powerful Benedictine monastery in Spain controlling at least 100 other monasteries from Tierra de Campos to Liébana in the heart of the Picos de Europa and down to Segovia, near Madrid.Read more