My Pilgrimage in Pictures – June 13th, 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.

Two photos today to cheer me up because of the trouncing that Spain received at the hands of the Netherlands!

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Church of Santa María La Virgen Blanca in Villalcázar de Sirga. The town was originally named Villasirga (sirga meaning road as in the pilgrimage road) and the name changed because of the castle like aspect of the church; so Villasirga then became Villalcázar de Sirga (alcázar being a castle. It is thought that sometime around 1157 the Castillian King Sancho III invited the Templars to protect the pilgrimage road to Santiago. A base was established in Villasirga and within 40 years they had constructed an immense fortified church and residence. The massive fortified church is all that remains to this day.

Church of Santa María La Virgen Blanca in Villalcázar de Sirga. The town was originally named Villasirga (sirga meaning road as in the pilgrimage road) and the name changed because of the castle like aspect of the church; so Villasirga then became Villalcázar de Sirga (alcázar being a castle. It is thought that sometime around 1157 the Castillian King Sancho III invited the Templars to protect the pilgrimage road to Santiago. A base was established in Villasirga and within 40 years they had constructed an immense fortified church and residence. The massive fortified church is all that remains to this day.

The beautiful 18th century Baroque retablo of the church.

The beautiful 18th century Baroque retablo of the church.

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