It is located in the centre of the province of León, in the region of La Maragatería, in the foothills of the port of Foncebadón and under the watchful eye of Mount Irago. The village, a clear example of a village on the Way, arose from the Yuso Hospital, the ruins of which can still be seen in the place known as Huerta del Hospital, the name by which the population was known in the Middle Ages. Later it took the name of Santa Catalina, as this was the first invocation of the church around which the houses revolved. It also had another hospital for pilgrims known as the Virgen de las Candelas, but nothing has been preserved of it. Santa Catalina de Somoza is today a hamlet of the Astorga Town Hall.
In Santa Catalina de Somoza, with its Street Royal or Major, its simple but beautiful parish church of Santa Maria calls the attention, that guards a relic of San Blas, patron saint of the town. In the square a statue remembers Aquilino Pastor, a musician born in the locality. Santa Catalina de Somoza is a coquettish village in Leon, with typical maragatas houses and surrounded by beautiful surroundings.
Santa Catalina de Somoza celebrates its patron saint San Blas on 3 February and the second Sunday in August it celebrates the Blessed Sacrament.
In Santa Catalina de Somoza it is a tradition that in the procession held in honour of San Blas, the men play the castanets to the beat of the drum.
In Santa Catalina de Somoza was born Aquilino Pastor, who was named Major Drummer of the Maragatería, because with his music he tried not to forget the culture and folklore of this region.
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Santa Catalina de Somoza can be reached by following the LE-142 that links 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 Santa Catalina de Somoza and El Ganso, 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.
Santa Catalina de Somoza has a bus service, with a stop at the junction, which connects it with Molinaferrera and Astorga on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and with Pobladura de la Sierra on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The telephone number, for further information, of the company offering the service is Telephone: 987 602 509.
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