This town, situated on the banks of the Cea, is a major milestone on the Pilgrims’ Route and the end of the seventh stage described in the Codex Calixtinus. It has a population of 2,399 and close ties with the Monastery of San Benito. Its wealth of artistic heritage includes six monuments that have been declared Assets of Cultural Interest.
WHAT TO SEE:
- San Benito Arch. Ruins of the monastery whose history is inextricably linked with that of the town.
- Church of La Trinidad (13th, 16th-17th centuries). Although since 1964 this has no longer been a place of worship, today it houses the tourist offi ce, the pilgrims’ hostel and the Carmelo Gómez Cultural Centre.
- Church of San Juan de Sahagún (17th century). The interior conserves the remains of Saints Facundo and Primitivo. The main altarpiece is the work of Matías de Arriba whilst the altarpieces on the transept are attributed to Lucas González.
- Church of San Tirso. Its current appearance is the result of later alterations carried out during the 16th and 18th centuries. Built in the Mudejar style, it is considered to be the prototype for other similar constructions in the Sahagún area.
- Parish Church of San Lorenzo (12th – 13th centuries). This three-nave church was built in the Mudejar style and has a rectangular tower. Next to the church stands the Chapel of Jesus with bas-reliefs by Juan de Juni. Monastery of the Benedictine Mothers. Site of a museum with an interesting collection of gold and silver work and religious paintings, as well as a magnifi cent 16th century monstrance by Enrique deArfe and the tomb of Alphonse VI of León and Castile.
- Nuestra Señora La Peregrina. This shrine houses a magnifi cent image of the Virgin dressed as a pilgrim dating back to the 17th century and the work of the Andalusian sculptress known as ‘La Roldana’. This former Franciscan convent was built in brick and features Arab arches and Moorish plasterwork dating back to the 15th century in the Chapel of Diego Gómez de Sandoval.
- La Virgen del Puente (12th century). This brick building is the fi rst shrine on the Pilgrims’ Route in the province of León. The interior has a carving of the Virgin. A traditional procession to the shrine takes place each year on 25 April.
- Canto Bridge. A sturdy bridge built in 1085 on the orders of Alphonse VI on the site of an earlier Roman bridge. Three medieval barrel vault arches across the River Cea lead us out of the town.
- Monastery of San Facundo y San Primitivo The clock tower is all that remains of this large former Benedictine abbey.