My Pilgrimage in Pictures – June 12th, 2013

I thought it would be fun to post one picture that captured a special moment for each day I was on the Camino. Considering that I took over 2,000 pictures it will be tough to pick just one but here goes.

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Iglesia San Martín, The church was consecrated in 1066 and from the beginning it was a church that was meant to be worthy of the pilgrimage Road. Frómista, at its’ height could count on two pilgrim hospitals (Santiago and Los Palmeros, now gone), 3 churches, a pilgrim cemetery and a monastery (alas, also gone). It was truly a pilgrim town! As such it deserved a church as special and impressive as this one. Because of the absence of stone and wood in this area earth was the natural building material used in the building of local structures. Air-fried bricks were predominately used to build structures (I saw some buildings still made this way on my way into town!!) but because these bricks lacked durability large, evenly cut stones had to be imported from other areas at great expense for the building of the church. The builders – architects, masons, painters and sculptors – were all masters of their crafts. When completed they left a masterpiece that was in effect a small-sized replica of the Jaca Cathedral. As such, San Martín is the purest extant example of the 3-nave, rounded aspe Jaca style of the Romanesque. There is a clean simplicity to the church both inside and out and the church contains the best series of capitals (over 100 of them) and corbels (315) in all of Castilla. I was lucky to have enjoyed in the Iglesía San Martín a classical concert given in memory of the terrorists attacks in New York City and Madrid. The performers were a husband and wife team from Puerto Rico. The husband played a sublime classical guitar and his wife matched him in beauty with a well-trained and melodious singing voice.

Iglesia San Martín, was consecrated in 1066 and from the beginning it was a church that was meant to be worthy of the pilgrimage Road. Frómista, at its’ height was truly an important pilgrim town! As such it deserved a church as special and impressive as this one. Because of the absence of stone and wood in this area evenly cut stones had to be imported from other areas at great expense for the building of the church. The builders – architects, masons, painters and sculptors – were all masters of their crafts. When completed they left a masterpiece that was in effect a small-sized replica of the Jaca Cathedral. As such, San Martín is the purest extant example of the 3-nave, rounded aspe Jaca style of the Romanesque. There is a clean simplicity to the church both inside and out and the church contains the best series of capitals (over 100 of them) and corbels (315) in all of Castilla.
I was lucky to have enjoyed in the Iglesía San Martín a classical concert given in memory of the terrorists attacks in New York City and Madrid. The performers were a husband and wife team from Puerto Rico. The husband played a sublime classical guitar and his wife matched him in beauty with a well-trained and melodious singing voice.

 

 

 

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