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The seizure of León by King Ordoño I of Asturias around 850 signals the beginning of the religious primacy of the Castilian city. This preeminence was confirmed by King Ordoño II of León, who made it the capital of the Leonese Kingdom in 914. Repopulated by Mozarabs, León became a way station for Christian pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela or Oviedo. The massive arrival of devotees during the eleventh century influenced its urban development.

Pilgrims entered the city by the suburb of the Saint Sepulcher, in which Doña Urraca, Infanta of Castile, had ordere…

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Jorge Abril Sánchez, “Léon”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 28 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_000113>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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