If you’re walking the Camino de Santiago, you’re probably looking for some peace. Like thousands of pilgrims before you, whether you’re religious or not, you’ll definitely find there’s something pretty special about the route.
It’s not exactly surprising, then, that this extremely well-trodden path is dotted with rustic barns and inns for travellers. This hermitage and chapel, just outside the village of San Juan de Ruesta, was once just that. Before it fell into disrepair, it was stuffed full of twelfth-century Romanesque paintings and Catholic iconography. And now, once again, architecture firm Sebastián Arquitectos has restored it as a place for pilgrims to worship and stay in.
The walls have been repaired with light-coloured stones, punctured with tiny holes that let in small amounts of daylight. It’s a slightly more abstract take on how the building would originally have been lit, aiming to replicate how medieval pilgrims would have experienced it.
The building is extremely secluded, tucked away within a hillside forest. But if you do manage to find it, you can stay for the night – or indeed as long as you need.
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