As I mentioned previously, Manresa is the final destination of those on the Camino Ignaciano. It is a place that I had never heard of until I began planning this Camino, but I have since discovered that it is a place jam-packed with history. History with its association with Saint Ignatius, but lots of medieval history too. Of course we visited the places associated with Ignatius - places like the cave where he wrote his Spiritual exercises, the old bridge he crossed, and the wonderful museum/gallery that conducted a musical spiritual exercise for pilgrims to participate in.
Interestingly, the cave is now topped by a huge edifice! Here you can see the "cave" underneath the building, and the building above contains a large church, then above that is a museum.
This is the interior of the cave, now more like a small Chapel.
One view of the Basílica in Manresa.
The famous Pont Bell (old bridge) of Manresa, with the Basílica in the background.
This is the symbol, adopted in Catalunya, of the Camino Ignaciano.
I have mentioned, and shown photos of the huge puppets, known as the Giants, that seem to appear in most fiestas. I had to enlist Julie's help to show you how big they are. Someone gets inside these and carries them. No mean feat!
I'm not sure if these are Giants or not - as you can see, they are not small, nor pretty! All of these were on show in the pilgrim office.
The medieval street, narrow, dark, and dingy, probably why it has survived intact.
A wall in the medieval street.
This is just how we felt! That morning Julie said her legs felt like lead! We had finished our Camino and that's how we all felt!
The Camino Ignaciano completed, packed and ready to depart Manresa for Barcelona (by train!). Pam, Julie, Janet.