Camino De Santiago Trail: 11 Molinaseca By Steven Garcia, Joel Anderson, 2024


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The Camino de Santiago is more than just one of the longest hiking trails in the world, one that attracts people from all across the planet to hike it. The Camino (“Path” in Spanish) is also a religious pilgrimage. It’s also been called the Way of St. James, as it is a network of pilgrimage paths that all lead to the tomb of the apostle James in Santiago de Compostela, in Spain. The Camino is made up of several different paths, many that travel across Spain and some that begin in France. In fact, the most frequently traveled route is the Camino Francés, which stretches 774 km (nearly 500 miles) from St. Jean-Pied-du-Port near Biarritz in France to Santiago in Spain. When describing the Camino, it’s best to use an analogy. Because the trail system is actually a huge network of trails that all lead to one central point, it’s easily imagined as a network of creeks that lead into streams, which lead into rivers, which eventually all come together in one large canal that empties into a huge lake or ocean (Santiago). Another aspect that makes the Camino unique is just how old it is. Unlike modern hiking trails that may be just a few decades old, the Camino has been in use since the middle ages. Young and old, from backgrounds, ethnicities, and faiths across the planet, many travelers come to the Camino and have spiritual experiences along the way as they meet other pilgrims, attend masses in churches, monasteries, and cathedrals, and enjoy the hospitality and infrastructure provided for pilgrims over many centuries. Anderson Design Group created a series of vintage-styled posters and travel art celebrating the Camino de Santiago, original illustrations and vintage world travel art that pay tribute to the deep history and spiritual significance of the Camino de Santiago. Each of these renditions are available as posters, prints, mini canvases, postcards, notecards, and metal signs. This eleventh poster in this series depicts Molinaseca, a village and municipality located in the region of El Bierzo. It is located on the French Way, the most popular path of the Camino de Santiago. Molinaseca is one of the most popular and beautiful villages on the Camino de Santiago. Located in the Bierzo (León), 6 kilometers from Ponferrada, the pilgrim reaches it after crossing the stage of the French Way that crosses part of Rabanal. The pilgrim arrives at Molinaseca passing by the Sanctuary of the Anguish and then crossing the Meruelo River by its great medieval bridge. Then he will find himself in a villa of stone, wood and slate buildings – very similar to the Galician ones – that constitutes an historical setting that is in perfect harmony with the natural environment. The houses, churches and monuments seem to emerge from the landscape. In many of these buildings, the pilgrim can still see coats of arms and stones that bear witness to their importance in the past, an importance linked to two elements: the bridge over the Maruelo river and the Señorío de Molinaseca. For the ultimate guide to the Camino de Santiago, visit the website Stingy Nomads.

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