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From Wikitravel


Astorga is a city in Leon, a province in Castile-Leon, Spain.


The Walls - Astorga sits on a spur of rock, with mountains to the north and west. It has extant city walls to the south, east and west. You can walk along the walls to the south and gaze up in awe from one of the more scenic car parks to the north.

The Bishop's Palace - Most camera crews doing Gaudi do not get as far as Astorga. The Bishop's palace is a fantastic piece of non-functional design. Balconies open over halls, walls curve and the whole flows. More conservative than other of his designs but still too much for the Bishops, who never lived in the place. It also has a museum dedicated to the Pilgrims way - which is not worth diverting to see.


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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

ASTORGA, a city of N.W. Spain, in the province of Leon; situated near the right bank of the river Tuerto, and at the junction of the Salamanca-Corunna and Leon-Astorga railways. Pop. (1900) 5573. Astorga was the Roman Asturica Augusta, a provincial capital, and the meeting-place of four military roads. Though sacked by the Goths in the 5th century, and later by the Moors, it is still surrounded by massive walls of Roman origin.

A ruined castle, near the city, recalls its strategic importance in the 8th century, when Asturias, Galicia and Leon were the headquarters of resistance to the Moors. Astorga has been the see of a bishop since the 3rd century, and was formerly known as the City of Priests, from the number of ecclesiastics resident within its walls. Its Gothic cathedral dates from the 15th century. The city confers the title of marquis on the Osorio family, the ruins of whose palace, sacked in 1810 by the French, are still an object of interest.

For the history, especially the ecclesiastical history, of Astorga, see the anonymous Historia de la ciudad de Astorga (Valladolid, 1840); with Fundacion de la. iglesia. .. de Astorga, by P. A. Ezpeleta (Madrid, 1634); and Fundacion, nombre y armas de. .. Astorga, by P. Junco (Pamplona, 1635).

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