The Spanish Cluny

The place of torture for two famous martyrs was popularized by the Way to Santiago, attracting the French monks of Cluny, whose powerful Monastery of San Benito had important consequences for Christianity in the Kingdom of León.

Plan your stay in Sahagún

It is a place of rest on the Camino de Santiago, so it is logical that what you have to visit in Sahagun are temples and the monastery that allowed the growth of this town. Do not forget to visit the nearby Pilgrim’s Sanctuary before leaving the area. The visit to the group of buildings that we quote in the section What to see in Sahagun takes half a day. The getaway can continue in the afternoon in the town of Saldaña in Palencia, which can be reached by the eastbound motorway until it takes the detour along the P-235. On our page Sleep and Eat in Sahagun we explain the local dishes and where to book to sleep well.

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The irregular streets of Sahagún converge in the Plaza Mayor, vital and commercial axis, which maintains a certain classical air. To the north of the square is the Church of San Lorenzo, a Romanesque-Mudejar building from the 13th century, located in the old Moorish quarter. Built in brick, it has a head of three apses covered by blind arches in the shape of a horseshoe; its tower has four bodies that rise in decreasing width, the top three with open arches.

The Church of San Tirso is also Mudejar, from the 12th century. Its tower is decorated with twin windows. The apse area combines ashlar stone with brick.

Next to it are the ruins of the Benedictine abbey that gave birth to the city and was built on the site of an old chapel dedicated to San Facundo and San Primitivo, on the banks of the Cea. There is very little left of the original work of the 12th and 13th centuries because the Monastery of San Benito de Sahagún suffered the expoliation of the Confiscation; there is the monumental arch of the Renaissance facade under which the road passes; the Chapel of San Mancio -which has been rehabilitated although only its exterior can be contemplated- and the Clock Tower, very reformed and of neoclassical style.

To a nearby convent, of Benedictine nuns, the tombs of King Alfonso VI and his wives were moved. In this convent there is a museum that exhibits works coming from the abbey as the processional custody of gold and silver due to Enrique de Arfe (of the XVI century).

On the outskirts of Sahagún is the Shrine of the Pilgrim, declared a historical and artistic monument. Work of the thirteenth century, retains its Mudejar structure and decorations in very delicate plasterwork; the altarpiece of the main chapel is from the 16th century. There were more altarpieces and chapels whose remains are preserved in their Museum by the Benedictine Mothers. The long process of restoration and its parallel findings (arches, stone capitals, funerary remains and new windows in the apse of the church, among others) is collected in the Documentation Center of the Camino de Santiago. The exhibition area consists of the whole church and chapels. The High Altar has been reserved for the cult and a pavilion of new invoice lodges the multipurpose room and the deposit of bottoms.

The old Church of the Trinity, located in the Calle del Arco, was renovated to house the municipal auditorium, the Tourism Office and a modern pilgrim hostel.

On the outskirts, behind a half-buried bridge of medieval origin, the Chapel of the Virgin of the Bridge, of Mudejar style and small dimensions, with a single nave decorated with blind arches and a small belfry to see in Sahagún.

Torre de la Iglesia de San Tirso

Only 4 km from Sahagún you reach San Pedro de las Dueñas, the village that grew up around the homonymous Benedictine monastery founded at the end of the 10th century. The Romanesque-Mudejar church from the 12th century with Gothic additions has been recently restored. In its interior it keeps a collection of capitals, sculpted with fantastic scenes and a Crucifix by Gregorio Fernández. In the monastery the nuns run a hostel.

If you take the LE 613 road towards Palencia, you will reach Grajal de Campos, 6 km away, which stands out for its Castle and Palace from the 16th century, and the Church of San Miguel (XVI and XVII centuries) that still preserves Romanesque remains. your tower.

The Mudejar Church of Santa María del Monte de Cea, a village 11 km north of Sahagún, is also worth a visit; There you can see the mural paintings of the artist from the Marín de la Red area.


Arco de San Benito
Puente de Sahagún sobre el río Cea

Practical data


42º 22’ 19’’ N, 5º 1’ 49’’W


León 56 km, Palencia 63 km, Madrid 321 km


828 m


2791 (2013)

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