Capilla de San Olav (Covarrubias)

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Capilla de San Olav (Covarrubias)

Capilla de San Olav - Wikimedia commons/luiyo

Capilla de San Olav - Wikimedia commons/luiyo

In addition to the Camino de Santiago, there are other pilgrimage routes in Spain that attract thousands of people every year. In the eastern part of the Iberian Peninsula we find the Camino de la Vera Cruz, while in the province of Burgos we find the Chapel of San Olav, the end point of the Camino de San Olav in Spain.

St. Olav's Chapel is a religious building built in honor of St. Olav, the patron saint of Norway. It is the first chapel that pays tribute to this saint in the Iberian Peninsula and has a very modern design where what is most surprising is its particular shape. It also stands out for the materials with which it was built and the bell tower, very different from what we are used to.

This religious building was built in honor of Princess Kristina of Norway. In the 13th century this princess asked her husband, brother of King Alfonso X, to build a hermitage in honor of St. Olav, the saint she professed in her homeland since her birth. Although her husband Felipe had promised her, she finally could not carry out her plan, not until 2011 when this chapel was built in the town of Covarrubias.

Currently this chapel of San Olav is the end point of the Camino de San Olav in Spain, a route that consists of a total of 58 kilometers and passes through 13 different localities. As in the case of the Camino de Santiago, it is divided into several stages and has its own official document, very similar to the Compostela.

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