Pampliega: origin and history – My Trip

The small town of Pampliega, in the province of Burgos, can serve as an example to show that resorting to inland tourism always provides us with pleasant surprises. In the case of this town in Burgos, we are going to discover a site that takes us back to episodes that occurred a long time ago. Nowadays almost forgotten and linked with the time of the Goths and Visigoths.

Where is Pampliega?

Pampliega is the name of a locality and also of a municipality that includes other population centers. Although the highlight is the town that gives its name to the complex and which is part of the Arlanza region. Specifically, Pampliega is very close to the provincial capital. Barely 30 kilometers and is bathed in its lower part by the same river Arlanzón of the city of Burgos.

The origin of Pampliega

Pampliega (BURGOS). Parish Church of San Pedro. 111 by Carlos Palacios, used under CC BY-SA 3.0 ES license.

Although Pampliega is best known for its relationship with the Gothic kings who ruled these lands of Castile and León in the 7th century, the truth is that the place was inhabited much earlier.

In fact, this location on the banks of the river is named by Ptolemy, in the second century before Christ. The renowned ancient Greek geographer and astronomer cites Pampliega with the name of pamplica and describes it as a magnificent crossroads.

Pampliega in the times of the Goths

The first important fact that links Pampliega with the dynasty of Gothic kings occurred in the year 642. Then, Chindasvinto had himself proclaimed king right here. Later, another Visigothic monarch, Ervigio, was closely related to this place in Burgos.

However, if there is a name that is linked to Pampliega, that is that of the Gothic king Wamba (c. 630 – 688). This character was confined here, in a disappeared monastery that was in the area, and died in the townwhere he was buried.

Wamba’s body

Nevertheless, Wamba’s body was transferred to the church of Santa Leocadia in the distant city of Toledo. Something that was done by order of King Alfonso X the Wise. A brilliant character who fought against the Muslims, who wrote poems or wrote a treatise on chess. However, he left Pampliega without the remains of its most illustrious settler.

That is why today, the representatives of the people of Pampliega continue to request that they be returned to them. Even more so, when today they are not even in that church, since after the damage suffered during the War of Independence, Wamba’s remains were taken to the Cathedral of Toledo, in the very historic heart of the city.

So today, in Pampliega, that king is remembered with a monumental monolith in his memory. However, there are more interesting things to discover in this Burgos town.

What to see in Pampliega

Pampliega (BURGOS). Parish Church of San Pedro. 14 by Carlos Palacios, used under CC BY-SA 3.0 ES license.

The entire town center was walled and today those historic walls remain partially, although two of its three great gates have disappeared. However, what if you stay on your feet and Keeping all its Renaissance splendor is the church of San Pedro Cátedra, built in the 16th century.

A very interesting visit to Pampliega

A bit of history, some art and we still have more things to recommend so that you undertake this interesting incursion into the interior of Burgos. Once in Pampliega you will love taking a walk along the banks of the Arlanzón River or approaching the village of Torrepadierne, where the remains of its castle and a unique oak forest await you.. In short, we are facing an attractive destination to enjoy rural tourism.

Main image credit: Pampliega from the bridge by Eltitomac, used under CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

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