Villarente .

VILLARENTE

Villarente bridge has become the most important industrial, commercial and hotel center in the area and a point of reference, thanks to the confluence of several roads, including leading to the ski winter in San Isidro.

In the church of Villarente, completely disappeared by ruin, had good pieces, some museadas in Leon and others moved to the new church of Puente Villarente (1985), where good pieces, such as Gothic crucifix of the fourteenth century, little smaller than shown the Natural stature, with broad cloth well worked purity and the cross-shaped tree; a magnificent canvas with bust of Ecce homo, 48 by 46 centimeters, beautiful work of the seventeenth century and garnished with then represented with the rope around his neck and crowned with thorns; a sculpture of the Immaculate Conception, with his feet on the moon boat-shaped; a table representing a bishop and another table to San Sebastian with young face tied to a tree.

Image of San Pelayo, head of the church; its high, 1.05 meters, is beautiful and very interesting work from the second half of the fifteenth century, with some flamenco accent, but his type is pure Castilian; wears a slinky gown, arranged with great ease, bag hanging, crown, book and sword, it seems the representation of a Santo Rey (San Fernando) more.
The truth is that in the Museum of León a table of the martyrdom of San Pelayo fifteenth century from an altarpiece of the missing church of Villarente is preserved.
Peaks – near the bridge, the classic hostel founded by the prior of Triacastela early sixteenth century (1539) to accommodate the pilgrims to Santiago at the confluence of the French road and now called Route Vadiniense opened Europe.
This same character founded another hostel in Cifuentes.
This institution Jacobean alberguería to facilitate passage of a major river, gave rise to the population, as in many parts of the Camino de Santiago.
It is now a restaurant with the name La Casona, with large elongated facade under a steep wooden eaves and stone gate forming a midpoint.
Inside, give sight to a beautiful Renaissance courtyard formed by columns brought from lancia with stone capitals that support a wooden architrave to support the upper spaces and where a restaurant in what were once offices of the shelter is located.