The Episcopal Palace in Astorga is one of only three buildings built outside of Catalonia by modernist master, Antoni Gaudí.
Built between 1889 and 1913, this neo-gothic work was commissioned by Baptista Grau, whose home burnt down in 1886. Ultimately it was never used as a residence for the bishop; he died in 1893. Today it houses a museum of religious art; Museo de los Caminos, a permanent exhibition dedicated to the pilgrims heading for Camino de Santiago. On the top floor, local artwork is on display. The basement holds a collection of Roman antiquities. Give yourself enough time to walk around the gardens and statues of the palace, situated along Astorga's Roman wall with views of the cathedral and city; it is indeed a magical place to explore.
La Catedral de Santa María de Astorga. On The Way of Saint James to Santiago de Compostela
Built on top of a Romanesque church from 1447; finished in the 18th century; the structure is late Gothic with some Baroque and Plateresque elements. The main entrance is Gothic style and is exquisitely decorated with sculptures of cherubs and religious figures. Inside, one of the highlights is the walnut wood pulpit attributed to the Gaspar Becerra 1558. The Diocesan Museum is located in a room off the cloister; with more than 500 works of art on display throughout 10 rooms. Take the time to sit outside the main entrance and gaze upon this wonderful building.
Two of our favourite places to visit in Astorga: the Cathedral and the Bishop's Palace are both worth a visit. A combined price to visit both is an option. As in other areas of Spain, both are closed for the afternoon siesta.
Close by are many bars and cafes with outdoor patios. Sit between visits, have a glass of delicious Spanish wine and admire the view. Astorga is a popular stop on the Camino de Santiago; it is a great place to people watch!
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