Following the pilgrimage route as a city tour, you could start by visiting Astorga in the neighborhood of San Andrés, east, around the Church of San Andrés. The steep slope of access to the neighborhood passes through the remains of ancient pilgrim hospitals such as the Five Wounds destroyed by fire. Facing the Plaza de San Francisco is the Garden of the Synagogue. It is a wooded park on the Roman walls rebuilt during the Middle Ages. In the square the Church of San Francisco rises, with some elements of the original Gothic construction. Also the Convent of the Padres Redendoristas, before whose facade has brought to light the remains of a Roman house with valuable mosaics. In the Plaza de San Bartolome is the Monument for the New Millennium (1986) and the Church of St. Bartholomewthe XIII century Romanesque traces in the triangular facade and Gothic tower.
In the Plaza de España, equipped with porticos on several of its sides, is the City of the Seventeenth Century. It emphasizes its baroque facade with side towers connected to the central body by elegant balustrades. The belfry houses the bell which is accompanied by a famous articulated maragatos, which are responsible for telling the time.
The old slave prison is a vaulted underground gallery located in the center of the forum. The Roman Museum has an excellent collection of Pompeian wall paintings rises. The Tourist Office completes this offer to interpret Roman history of the town with a Roman route that is subject and comprising a gate in the wall, double trench camp of the legion, lower thermal baths or the Temple of Emperor . In nearbySantoclides Square is the Monument of the sites, where every Tuesday there is a vegetable market.
In the monumental core to do in Astorga is the Chocolate Museum whose funds include machinery, posters, packaging and photographs of that famous industry city. Also the Episcopal Palace, fantastic silhouette, neo-Gothic of the late nineteenth century building designed by Antoni Gaudí; among its units highlights the throne room and the chapel, which installed the Museum of the paths that gathers artistic works related to the past of the city and the region.
In the Baroque church of Santa Marta it is attached curious the walled cell. These were some hermits who voluntarily recruited there, getting out of a window food and water, and by talking with the pilgrims who came to observe such religious attraction; on the other window the walled heard the liturgies celebrated in the Chapel of the temple.
Episcopal Palace, designed by arquitect Antonio Gaudí
The Cathedral is a magnificent temple whose construction began in 1471, with its latest additions in the eighteenth century. Flamboyant Gothic original scheme of the apse is accompanied by Renaissance elements, plateresque and baroque as the main facade. The interior has three tall ships covered by vaults, with Gothic and Renaissance chapels, converging on the altarpiece of the XVI century. Byzantine Romanesque image of the Virgin of Majesty (twelfth century) was coated silver and is located in a side altar; another important altarpiece frames the image of the Immaculate (seventeenth century). Crossing the old cathedral school, you will reach the Cathedral Museum with its ten rooms filled with reliquaries, objects of worship, processional crosses, altarpieces and images of the Virgin from throughout the diocese.
Other buildings of interest are the Seminary in Astorga, in which Gaudí worked cloister and places such as the Parque del Aljibe. Behind the Cathedral, you will find incredible views over the region and its mountain maragata Teleno.
In the neighboring village of Val de San Lorenzo you can visit a museum Batan and the Interpretation Centre which explains the Communal Textile spinning processes, carding, weaving and textile manufacturing own area. From Astorga you can also go to the west the towns of Maragatería following the Camino de Santiago to the Galician border. It is worth visiting the Polvazares Castrillo 7 kms. At the same distance south along the local direction LE 133 you can visit the Museum of Arriería Maragata in the village of Santiagomillas.