The Roman walls of Astorga

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The town of Astorga, Spain, has quite a history. Early remains go back to the time of Augustus Caesar. The Romans constructed a post here to guard the nearby pass through the mountains of Galicia. The post also protected their interest in the gold mines still found in the region.

I slept last night in the yellow-colored hostel just above the city walls. The walls have been built and rebuilt numerous times. At the lowest levels, thought, it is pure Roman. Coinage, solder armor, baths, etc., goes back to the first century. They have a wonderful museum of Roman remains in the city center.

Locals claim that the Apostle Paul once visited this city. Paul's visit to Spain, however, remains debated.

Buen caminó!


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Join Mark and Vicki for a Mediterranean experience in October, 2018. We'll be cruising aboard the luxurious Celebrity Reflection. See the link here for details. Onboard lectures will provide focus as we visit the ports of Malta, Rhodes, Santorini, and Athens among others. An optional add-on visit to Rome is possible on either end of the trip.