Aragonese Camino

The Aragonese Camino to Santiago de Compostela

The history, legends, development and infrastructure of the stations along the Spanish Aragonese Camino de Santiago via Jaca, San Juan de la Peña and Sangüesa through Aragón to the shrine of Saint James at Compostela

Aragonese Camino

Aragonese Camino

Initially the most popular route into Spain for pilgrims to Compostela, it has been traditionally considered that the passage over the Somport Pass was later restricted to those using the so-called Via Tolosana, from Arles. However its more central position along the Pyrenean chain suggests that the Aragonese Way drew travellers from a wider area.

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Santa María de Eunate

Santa María de Eunate

In Navarre, only a stone’s throw from the pilgrim’s road, stands the isolated chapel of Santa María de Eunate. Its octagonal shape and exterior stone cloister arcade grant it a quite exceptional appearance.

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Sangüesa

Sangüesa

By arranging the construction of a seven arched bridge across the Aragon river by Rocaforte, it was clearly the intention of Alfonso el Batallador to drive pilgrimage traffic south towards Puente la Reina. The new town which grew up by the new bridge was Sangüesa and it became a substantial pilgrimage station.

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Santa Cruz de la Serós

Santa Cruz de la Serós

The Rio Aragon turns westwards as it leaves Jaca, the pilgrimage road following along its left bank. Just off the road up a shallow valley lies the monastic buildings of Santa Cruz de la Serós

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San Juan de la Peña

San Juan de la Peña

Situated at the mouth of a cave beneath a massive red sandstone cliff, the abbey of San Juan de la Peña benefits from one of the most dramatic locations of any medieval edifice.

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