We arrived in Leon late yesterday afternoon, ready for a day off the Camino for some rest and sight-seeing! the temperatures have been considerable cooler this week than the first week or so of our camino
A few days ago we were in Formats, (Palencia) one of the any stops on the Camino de Santiago, where we had an opportunity to visit the Saint Martin Church, constructed about 1066, which had fallen into disrepair. Reconstruction and restoration completed in the early 1900’s. The painted frescoes are gone, but he gorgeous Romanesque capitals remain. The floor plan corresponds to the basilica type with three longitudinal naves ending by three apes; there is a beautiful octagonal dome.
The decoration in the church is composed of 309 figures including vegetable, geometric animals and monstrous and human representations. According to information provided by the church that in an effort to teach Christian Doctrine to the people there was no problem in using pagan iconography in the decorations, Ecclesiastics knew that the people were familiar with the fables and legions of these symbolism and this would help the people to understand the scene related to biblical passages.
Later today we will visit the Leon Cathedral, and the central area of Leon.
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