Carrión de los Condes
The town of Carrión de los Condes prospered from the late-eleventh to the mid-thirteenth century, benefitting from its location both on the pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela and at the crossroads of important trade routes. Carrión was a key strategic site during the civil war between Queen Urraca and Alfonso I of Aragón in the early-twelfth century, saw popular uprisings during that same time (1), and hosted several royal events, such as the marriage of Blanca of Navarre to Sancho III of Castile in 1151 (2). There are three extant Romanesque sites in this town -- the monastery of San Zoilo and the two parish churches of Santa María del Camino and Santiago. Select a site to explore in detail.
(1) Bernard F. Reilly, "War with Aragón," The Kingdom of León-Castilla under Queen Urraca (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998), 87-118.
(2) Colum P. Hourihane, ed., The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture, Vol. 1 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 548.