Did you know that in our country you will find one of the greatest pieces of the Cross of Christ? This fact is not known by many Spaniards, but it is indeed, true. The Lignum Crucis (wood of the cross) can be found at the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana in Cantabria. The relic arrived in the hands of Toribio de Astorga, in the Middle Ages, from Jerusalem. Because of this, on September 23, 1512, July II granted to the city a papal bull which stated that each year in which the 16th of April, the Day of Santo Toribio, fell on a Sunday, they would celebrate a jubilee year, making the monastery a pilgrimage center. This is how the Camino Lebaniego was born.
However, success of this path is not only due to this factor. First, it is a striking destination because it houses part of the cross; Second, because the monastery houses the remains of the Saint, which is said to have healing powers. Third, because of its link to two of the routes leading to Santiago de Compostela: The Camino of the Norte and Camino de Francés, making Cantabria the only place in the world with two pilgrimage paths.