Those of us who are passionate about the Camino de Santiago and accumulating Jacobean routes in our boots, we know that pilgrims always find something new to surprise them. For example, who would have told you that in Cantabria there is a Jacobean route of its own, independent of the Northern Way? What if I told you that it even has its own Holy Year? That’s right dear pilgrims. In this post we want to introduce you to one of the most magical and hidden paths of all: the Camino Lebaniego. Keep reading carefully, we assure you that it is worth discovering more about this unique itinerary.

History of the Camino Lebaniego

Perhaps more than what is the history of the Camino Lebaniego, what we should ask ourselves is: why do people make the pilgrimage to Liébana? The reason for the pilgrimage to this place lies in its monastery, the monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana. What makes this place exceptional is that it preserves in its interior the largest known relic of the Lignum crucis: “wood of the cross”. It is the largest known piece of wood from the cross of Christ. Specifically, the piece belongs to the left arm of the cross.

And now you are probably wondering how this relic ended up in the monastery of Liébana. Well, history says that Saint Toribio of Astorga was in charge of protecting the relics of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem. This man brought them to the Iberian Peninsula, and specifically took the Lignum crucis to Astorga. Later, due to the Muslim invasion, the Christians took this relic to Liébana to protect it from possible attacks.

When the existence of this relic in the monastery of Santo Toribio became known, the faithful began to make a pilgrimage to it, forming what we know as the Camino Lebaniego.

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