Burgos, Puente La Reina, Roncesvalles

Leaving Roncesvalles was Bittersweet

By Ian T., William G., Jillian R. and Ali S.
Group 6

We all knew we were leaving this quaint town for the bustling city of Burgos. While in route to our dorms in Burgos we made multiple stops. Our first stop in Muruzábal was not on the original itinerary but was a suggested stop by our bus driver. Muruzábal is home to the 12th century Church of Saint Mary of Eunate. This church has beautiful architectural features and is surrounded by lush countryside.

Puente La Reina was our second stop for the day and it did not disappoint. In Puente La Reina we visited many churches and took a nice walk around the city. We only spent an hour there but we but we got to see a lot of the town. It’s a good-sized town that looks as though it can be explored in a day or two if given the time. We saw a mini bull-fighting area and several unique shops and restaurants. One piece of architecture that caught our eye was the bridge built by the wife of Sancho III, Doña Mayor. The eleventh-century bridge is still in use today and has become one of the most famous landmarks of the Camino. The bridge spans the Rio Arga at crossing point of the Aragonese and French way. Puente La Reina was a very interesting town that we wish we had more time to explore.

Upon arriving in Burgos we quickly went on a tour of the Burgos Cathedral. This Cathedral is nothing short of astonishing. While the architecture and sheer size of the cathedral blew us away, the artifacts inside truly had a story to tell. One of our favorites was The Chest of El Cid. This chest was originally placed in the chapel of Corpus Christi. El Cid used this chest as collateral in a trade with the bank. However, this trade was made under one condition, that they could not open it until he had left town. Surprisingly, the chest was filled with only sand. Today was a day full of incredible views both natural and man-made. We cannot wait to see what is in store in the days to come.