In the Maragata region, it is located on the Rabanales road, as from here there are two roads, one going to Rabanal Viejo and the other continuing the Jacobean route, which may have had a Roman origin as an access road to the gold mine that the Romans had in the area, the Fucarona. The foundation of El Ganso can date back to the 12th century, as it is known of the existence, at that time, of a pilgrims' hospital and a cluniacense monastery, of which nothing remains. In the 14th century it was already mentioned with its present name in a letter about a donation of an inheritance in El Ganso in favour of the Cabildo of Astorga. The Goose belonged to the lordship that the Marquises of Astorga maintained in Turienzo de los Caballeros. Today is a small town that is part of the town of Brazuelo.
In El Ganso you can see the typical buildings with thatched roofs known as teitadas houses, whose construction may have Celtic roots. In its parish church dedicated to the patron saint of the village, Santiago, there is a chapel in the entrance atrium to the temple that is known as the chapel of the Christ of the pilgrims, you can also admire a 15th century carving of the Apostle dressed as a pilgrim.
El Ganso celebrates its patron saint festivities in honour of Santiago on 25 July and on 15 August it celebrates Our Lady.
It is a tradition that on the eve of the day of Santiago the young people of the village adorn the portico of the Church and the Christ of the village with ivy. In the mass of the 25th, Santiago, the music is played by the castanets and the drum.
Some say the name of the village is because it was there that the ducks of the Lady Marquesa were kept and others are based on the association of the Way with the Game of the Goose and say that El Ganso would correspond to one of these good and benefactor geese.
In the past, the parish priest of the village church, twice a year, once for Christmas and the other for Easter, had to give to the neighbours with bread rolls of wheat and eggs, and a bowl of good wine.
El Ganso can be reached following the LE-142 that joins Astorga with Ponferrada. On this road, past the town of Castrillo de los Polvazares in the Ponferrada direction, we will find the detour that leads to El Ganso and Santa Catalina de Somoza, also on the LE-142 but passing Rabanal del Camino in the Astorga direction we will find the other link with this road that passes through these two towns.
El Ganso has a bus service that connects it with Astorga on Tuesdays and Fridays and stops in the same village. For more information on the service, the telephone number is 987 602 509.
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