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It is located in the Maragata region, just over a kilometre from Astorga, to the right of the Jacobean Way. Previously it formed a municipality with Castrillo de los Polvazares, today it is a hamlet of Astorga. It is known that in Valdeviejas there was a pilgrims' hospital because of documents dating from the 15th century that refer to it.

 

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Valdeviejas has little traditional architecture. In its urban area, its recently restored parish church stands out, dedicated to San Verísimo, a 4th century Lisbon martyr and closely related to Santiago de Compostela, as its relics rest in the city of the Apostle, at the express wish of Pope John II, who in 1475 arranged for them to be moved to the Monastery of the nuns of Santiago. The church had an altarpiece dating from the fourteenth century that is currently preserved in the Museum of the Roads of Astorga. On leaving the village and in the middle of the Jacobean route you can admire the medieval hermitage of Ecce Homo. It is believed that at first it could have been an open transept and that it was closed with side walls, although it has undergone several restorations and remodelling, the hermitage still maintains a halo of legend and the simplicity that gives it its character. On the outside you can see a simple belfry with a bell and a pleasant portico that welcomes the weary pilgrim.

 

Festivities

 

Valdeviejas celebrates different festivities throughout the year. It celebrates Ecce Homo in May, the Sacramental on the first Sunday in August and its patron Saint Verísimo on the first weekend in October.

Ecce Homo Hermitage in Valdeviejas

Traditions

 

The hermitage of Ecce Homo in Valdeviejas was originally dedicated to St. Peter, there was a well that supplied water to pilgrims and locals and in the place and according to legend also arose the miracle whose protagonists were a woman, her small son and the work of the miraculous event, Ecce Homo. And since then, according to tradition, the chapel changed its name and as the inscription on it says, it may be that in memory of this event, Echa alms traveller to this saint Ecce Homo, and instantly you will see as salts of the quagmire.​

 

Curiosities

 

Valdeviejas is known for producing the Pico Pardal chickpea on its land and having the designation of origin, without which the famous "cocido maragato" would not be the same, as this chickpea gives it its characteristic flavour and texture.

 

 


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Get to Valdeviejas by car

 

Valdeviejas can be reached by leaving Astorga along the provincial road LE-142 towards Murias de Rechivaldo and Castrillo de los Polvazares, leaving Astorga behind and finding the road that leads to Valdeviejas. We can also get to the town from the N-VI where as soon as we leave Astorga in the direction of Ponferrada we will find the crossroads that leads to Valdeviejas. 

 

By bus

 

Valdeviejas has a bus service that stops at the entrance to the village and that on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays covers the Molinaferrera-Astorga line and on Tuesdays and Thursdays also connect it with Pobladura de la Sierra. For further information, the telephone number of the Astorga bus station is 987 619 100.

 

By train

 

The closest train station to Valdeviejas is Astorga.

 

 

 


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WAY OF SAINT JAMES
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8:20 h.35.7 km.

Stage 19 Hospital de Órbigo-Rabanal del Camino
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WAY OF SAINT JAMES
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Difficulty-Remarkable

7:40 h.32.3 km.

Stage 20 Rabanal del Camino-Ponferrada
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WAY OF SAINT JAMES
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Difficulty-Moderate

5:55 h.27.8 km.

Stage 18b Variant of Villar de Mazarife
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WAY OF SAINT JAMES
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Difficulty-Moderate

6:45 h.32.1 km.

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