A place for meditation
Pilgrims who arrive to Sahagun will start a very easy Camino for the first 3 days. This is the reason that people says ”I was lost in my thoughts in this huge Meseta Plateau ”.
In Sahagun, walkers will find enjoy Moorish architecture. It should be noted all the Romanesque churches of the town. Among its rich artistic heritage it treasures four monuments declared of Cultural Interest.
Hikers reach Sahagún via Calle Herrería and the long road of Antonio Nicolás, which crosses the Plaza de Santiago and takes the pilgrims to the most monumental area. On the right hand side the Benedictine Monastery of Santa Cruz is located, it also functions as a museum. Founded in the XVI century, visitors can see a revered Baroque carving of the Virgin dressed as a pilgrim, great works of jewellery and a unique piece of a XVI century.
In the convent church, a the former Benedictine abbey which gave prominence to the place, there is an exhibit of two graves containing the remains of Alfonso VI, a great benefactor of the Camino of Santiago-buried in the town as a personal desire-and Four of his six wives. Museum opening hours, in the morning are from 10.00 to 12.30 and, in the afternoon, from 16.00 to 18.30 hours.
Along with the remains of the former Benedictine abbey is the church of San Tirso, an emblem of the town with its beautiful brick tower of three parts and in varied dimensions in accordance to its facade. Constructed in the first half of the XII century, it is one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture. It can be visited from October to March, Wednesday to Saturday from 10.40 to 14.00 and from 15.00 to 17.50 hours and, on Sundays from 10.40 to 14.00. During the summer it opens Wednesday to Saturday from 10.15 to 14.00 and, from 16.30 to 20.00 and, on Sundays from 10.15 to 14.00.
Next to it is also located the famous Clock Tower-San Mancio, the only tower that remains standing from the Abbey of San Benito. The monument illustrates a variety of styles-Moorish, Romanesque and baroque, the result of reforms carried out over the centuries.
With regard to medieval legend, Sahagún is also renowned.