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  • The architectural site of the walls, Episcopal Palace and cathedral in Astorga. León

It is known to many as the crossroads between the Silver Route and the Way of Saint James. A visit to its walled enclosure offers a number of testaments to its historic importance. Its cathedral, the Episcopal Palace (the work of Gaudí) and its monuments with their Roman origins are some of the main places to see.Read more...

What to see The main sights are the cathedral, the Episcopal Palace and the Plaza Mayor square. Construction began on the palace in the 15th century on the site of some Roman remains, and it today contains the Diocesan Museum. The Episcopal Palace by Gaudí resembles a castle and is the site of the Los Caminos Museum. There is a popular street market every Tuesday in the Plaza Mayor, where you can see the remains of the old Roman Forum. It is the site of the Town Hall, an example of Baroque civil architecture. There are also a number of religious monuments around the city. To discover the Roman past of Astorga you only need to stroll around the walled city. The elements conserved include the thermal baths, the temple of Aedos Augusti, the Roman sewers, an old Roman house containing attractive mosaics, the ditch and the Roman bridge, the only element standing outside the walls. You'll also be able to visit the Roman Museum. Gastronomy The best-known dish is the 'cocido maragato' (chickpea stew), in addition to the sweet cakes known as 'mantecadas' and chocolates. In fact, Astorga has its own Chocolate Museum.

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