The Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana is one of the most important sites of Roman Catholicism in Europe.
The Monastery of Santo Toribio, along with Jerusalem, Rome Caravaca de la Cruz and Santiago de Compostela , has the privilege of celebrating the Holy Year. From its outset, an important flow of pilgrims from all over sought the blessing of the Holy Year and to worship the Lignum Crucis, the greatest fragment of the Cross of Christ preserved in the world.
Tradition has it that Toribio, the bishop of Astorga, brought the piece of the cross measuring 63 centimetres in length and 39 centimetres in width from Jerusalem in the 5th century. In the 8th century, the monks hid the relic in the Liébana valley to protect it from the Moors. Today the cross is embedded in a shrine decorated with gold and silver.
The Monastery is located in the district of Liébana, near Potes in Cantabria. Located in the Cantabrian Mountains in northern Spain, National Park of Picos de Europa.
From Liebana, you can achieve Santiago de Compostela too. The Way of Saint James which goes through Liebana is non popular route at all but it is a real paradise for lovers of nature and hill-walking. The route combines culture, sport, nature, mysticism and a lot of farming scenery.