Burgos, Espana, Sabado 19th September.
Perfect day, lovely weather, pretty city …
Today was a needed day of R and R, and a bit of domestic stuff.
When we arrived a little after 4 pm yesterday, the only order of duty was to lie down and release the feet from their pain. That resulted in 2 hours instantaneous sleep. Then back to bed around 10 pm, getting up around 8 am. So that’s a total of about 12 hours sleep – I guess that paints enough of a picture!
So today we just explored Burgos. Starting with desayuno in Plaza del Rey San Fernando we just took in the old city buzz for a while. Then it was off to tour the Catedral de Burgos (official name Catedral de Santa María de Burgos). Those who know me know that I am not a religious person by any measure, and so I don’t look at it through those eyes. That said, this is one of the most magnificent buildings I have ever visited. To my mind it beats La Segrada Familia in Barcelona, so that’s saying something.
There’s way too much history to attempt to recount here, so here’s just a couple of facts. Construction of the cathedral began in the early 1200s; most work finished in the 1500s (although successive archbishops continued to play with it); it is an UNESCO World Heritage site, the only stand alone church in Spain to be so deemed; El Cid is buried here (along with his wife); apart from its various religious artefacts it houses various paintings of religious significance.
As the reader might imagine I took lots of photos, and a brief selection follow (internet permitting):
Apart from lunch at the very crowded and buzzy El Morito the afternoon was spent generally exploring. El Cid’s statue was a highlight, as was the tranquility of the Rio Arlonzon. We popped in the front door of the Museo de la Evolucion Humana until we realised that time would not permit us to do a visit justice. So we’ll need to reserve that for a return visit to Burgos.
Overall a lovely day off. Feeling recharged, we head off for a relatively short walk to Hornillos del Camino; only about 20 klms away. (Our next double day/rest day is in Leon, 8 days away.)