Carrión de los Condes is a town of great importance at the time of the old pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela. Its medieval origins can be seen in some of the historic buildings and in the old town.
The most outstanding building of Carrión
de los Condes is the church of Santiago, famous for its wonderful
Panthocrator. Also relevant are the frieze in the church of Santa
María del Camino; and the convent of Santa Clara, founded
in the 13th century, with an adjoining church and museum which
displays sculpture and ornaments, as well as a Piedad by Gregorio
Fernández. On the outskirts of the city, near the medieval
bridge, is the monastery of San Zoilo, a former pilgrims' shelter
started in the 10th century. Its Renaissance cloister is outstanding,
a genuine ornamental and technical wonder which is the work of
Juan de Badajoz.