Frómista, on the French Way

Information about Frómista

The town and municipality known as Frómista is located in the province of Palencia and in the region of Tierra de Campos, belonging to the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León.

This land is widely known for being home to one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture, the Church of San Martin. However, the city itself and its surroundings will also dazzle you with its charm.

This beautiful city was born as a settlement near a Roman villa called Frumesta vacceos, a name derived from the word frumentum, due to the abundance of wheat that existed in their fields. During the Middle Ages this settlement became a city of splendour and around the year 1066 the Monastery of San Martín was built, ordered by Doña Mayor, widow of King Sancho Garcés III of Navarre.

Between the 12th and 15th centuries, the city was divided into two distinct jurisdictions. It is for this reason that Gómez Benavides founded the Monastery of Nuestra Señora de la Merced with the purpose of unifying it.

What to see and do in Frómista

Church of San Martín de Tours

Considered as “the goddess of the Romanesque churches of Palencia”, it is a treasure for art history lovers. This very famous building is one of the few full or dynastic Romanesque buildings in Spain and shows evident relationships with other landmark buildings of the Camino de Santiago such as the Cathedral of Jaca, San Isidoro de León and the
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
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It was declared a National Monument in 1894, and as a result it was restored by the architect Aníbal Álvarez at the beginning of the 20th century. A reconstruction that caused a lot of controversy due to the fact that a bell tower was eliminated as well as the picturesque staircase and gallery that served as access to it.

Inside, it is surprising the perfection of its forms, its volumes, its exact and perfect construction, its architectural beauty and its ornamental richness.

Church of San Martín Fromista

Miracle Stone

Built in 1453, it is the memory of an important miracle that took place in the town: when Pedro Fernández de Teresa did not pay a debt to a Jew and was excommunicated. When Pedro Fernandez became aware of this situation, he paid his debt, but forgot to confess his fault. Some time later, when he was very ill, this man asked for the last sacraments and the parish priest in charge noticed that the Forma was attached to the paten and could not separate it. At that moment the dying man was asked if he had forgotten to confess any sin, and Peter remembered his fault and was able to receive communion. The Miracle Form was placed in custody in the church of St. Martin. The priest’s stole and the so-called “miracle stone” are found in the house where the event took place.

Fromista Miracle Stone