Sunday, September 19, 2021: This town is a little bigger than the previous few with a population of 2800. It contains some of the earliest examples of Mudejar architecture.

The city thrived with a diverse population including Muslims and Jews. Sahagun’s historic architecture illustrates the Romanesque-Mudejar style, which incorporated Islamic decorative motifs and was built primarily out of brick rather than stone.

We arrived early and found a nice coffee shop with good WIFI.

We stayed at a monastery called Santa Cruz. Brother Ivan from England welcomed us and the hospitalaro, Alexandro, showed us around and made us feel welcome.

Alejandro was very welcoming, helpful and a good English speaker.
The Santa Cruz monastery in Sahagun is run by Marist Fathers and Brothers, a congregation born in France in 1836.
This is the little chapel at the Monastery where they had a non-denominational pilgrim’s mass.

This is definitely a sign of Covid times … the holy water font is empty and it has a bottle of hand sanitizer in it.

We were so fortunate … we had our own room.

,,, with a private bathroom and we were on the first floor. The cost was “donativo”.

The arch of San Benito was originally the door to the church but now it is a main thoroughfare into the town. It was part of the Royal Monastery of San Benito which was destroyed in 1835.

The remains of San Benito monastery.
Time for lunch. We went to a nearby restaurant., Los Argos Perrilla.
Los Argos Parrilla had big meat on display.
The house salad was amazing.
We split a popular item, the house barbecue, which included a variety of grilled meat which was muy delicioso but way too much for us to finish.

The town had lots of interesting artwork.

Sahagun was a delightful little town … glad that we didn’t skip it.

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Jane is a resident of Browndale neighborhood in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

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