Jean Pied de Port

Jean Pied  de Port
Le jeu de Camino de cathédrales

jueves, 12 de enero de 2017


Photos and edition by: J. unçu

THE INLAND WAY as :Cofraternity

May trail was as:
My trail was completed in the Basque section between the 25  and the 30 of November 2016.

1St stage: Irun - Andoain ._ 25th.November 2016

Irun. crossing the bridge of Saint James, to say " Hi " to Luis Mariano  sitting at the plaza and fron the church of Our Lady of Juncal out to Oiartzun.

Up an down the way of small mountains one gets to the modern-looking, although its origins are mediaeval, Santiagomendi chapel at the highest point, with a fantastic views over the Basque Countryside and the coast at San Sebastian before going down to Astigarraga.

The cider-makung town.

We travel the Oria river way to travel from valley to valley.
Hernani, that was once heavily enclosed by city walls, with the church of S. Juan Bautista that has a
beautiful Baroque front as the Town Hall.

Following the signs well  marked along the whole way one gets easily to Andoain, place to rest the first night. Open all year with the basic services bed , hot water, and heat in nice quarters and a perfec atention from both the local police and the albergue volunteers.

 2nd stage Andoain - Beasain._ 26th November 2016

 After visiting the church  of S. Martin de Tours (Baroque- style ) and the Holy Cross chapel, one heads to Villabona and other tows as Irura  and Anoeta that grew alongside of the old Royal Road.

Tolosa,  centuries ago was the perfect fortress, a walled-in island. If you arrieve at this town on Saturday, you will see its traditional market with a lot of fresh local products, music, dancing etc.

 Facade of the church Sta. Maria Basque Gothic XVII, inside, baptistry with Romanesque cover from around XIII Century  coming from S. Esteban chapel hermitage.
 S. Francisco church Renaissance facade XVI Century without tower.
Alegia, sculpted to the whims of the river Oria, in a half-moon shape, keeps the Gothic portico of S.Juan Bautista church, also the shells on the church wall.

Legorreta, bridges were one of the main pillars on which the old Royal Road was built and this town is an example. interesting the Boundary Cross of the Santa Cruz.

Berostegi, Sta. Marina Chapel.
Ordicia, also kown as Villafranca de Oria, goes back more than 700 years, narrow streets,
at the entrance the S. Juan de Letran church, the façade is decorated with some scallops that demostrate its Jacobean vocation.

Down town, interesting the statue of friar Andres de Urdaneta y  Cerain , military, cosmographer, marine, explorer and  Augustinian religious.

 Arriving  mid afternoon to Beasain´s albergue- hostle

A wonderful place, open all year, all facilities, thanks to Antonio  not only my  welcomer but ready  to be my guide next day by the snowy tunnel ahead.

3th stage: Beasain - Zegana._ 27th November 2016

 Spending the night in the mid of a marvellous 16 th Century architectural complex,

at the miller´s house, surrounded by the bridge, the palade, the chapel of "Our Lady of Bethlehem"  , the mill, the ironworks and blacksmith´s house, the stables and the apple-cider making house (today is a hotel).

 Leaving the course of the river Oria one approaches to Olaberria which offers unbeatable views of mounts Txindoki (1350 m.) and  Aizkorri (1530 m.).

Idiazabal, town famous for its cheese and the church of S. Miguel.

Getting to Segura, a medieval walled village, founded by Alfonso X The Wise. in 1256 with historic monuments as the church of la Asuncion, narrow streets, towers, the convent of the Conception and the "Eguzki-loreak"

And the last stop before taking the Aizkorri mountain range, is the Zegama´s albergue-hostel, simple but confortable.

 The town with its S. Martin de Tours church and a view of tomorrow.

With the hillsides that rises up to theAizkorri ridge, Gipuzkoa bids us farewell.

As array of modest chapels, such as the above,  Our Lady of the Snow and  the Sancti-Spiritus priorato, accompany the climb that gradually seeks out the highest point of this section.

 In these frontier enclaves, The San Adrian Tunnel arises as one of the most spectacular natural monuments in the entire Pilgrims´ Way, a mediaeval stone path passes amid a lovely beech grove, managing to climb just a few metres more before starting the definitive descent towards the THE INLAND TRAIL: PART 2 .

 Used since the 10th Century, and inhabited by a hermitage of modern construction, the cave was for centuries the main passing point for those travelling from from France to the Castilian plateau, and vice versa.

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