Liébana Jubilee Year
Where is it?
The Monastery of St. Turibius ("Santo Toribio"), located not far from Liébana, one-and-a-half hours' travel from Castilla Termal Balneario de Solares. See how to get there.
Why is the Liébana Jubilee Year of interest?
The Monastery of St. Turibius has been a site of pilgrimage since the sixteenth century because it holds two relics of great importance for the Catholic Church: the Lignum Crucis, the largest surviving piece of the True Cross of Jesus, and the remains of St. Turibius of Astorga. Both relics have been ascribed curative and miraculous properties.
In this Jubilee Year, the Gate of Forgiveness ("Puerta del Perdón") of the convent will be opened again, the 73rd time that this ritual, considered an “Event of Exceptional Public Interest”, is celebrated.
The celebration of the Liébana Jubilee Year started in the sixteenth century, following the bull by Pope Julius II dated 23 September 1512 which conceded the privilege of celebrating the Liébana Jubilee Year, making the Monastery of St. Turibius an important centre of pilgrimage, becoming, and remaining ever since, one of the most important holy places in Europe. The motive for the papal bull is the presence of the Lignum Crucis at the monastery, the relic which Turibius of Astorga had brought from the Holy Land, and being the largest surviving piece of the True Cross of Jesus. For this reason, its pilgrims were known as “crucenos" or "cruceros”. The pilgrimage to St. Turibius links to the Northern Way of St. James ("Camino del Norte"), the route of the earliest pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela. The Liébana Jubilee Year is celebrated every year that the 16th of April, St. Turibius's Day, falls on a Sunday.
Would you like to visit?
If you would like to experience one of the most significant moments of the Liébana Jubilee Year, you should come to the Monastery of St. Turibius on the 23rd of April, when the Gate of Forgiveness of the convent will be opened again to allow the cross and the remains of St. Turibius of Astorga to be venerated.
During the whole of this year, you can also enjoy the pilgrimage to the Monastery. Cantabria is the only region in the Christian world which has two routes of pilgrimage: the Liébana Way and the Northern Way.
- The Liébana Way: the mountains of the Picos de Europa and the Cordillera Cantábrica bound the valley of Liébana and constrain access to St. Turibius from the neighbouring regions of Asturias and Castilla y León.
- The Northern Way: this crosses Cantabria from east to west, passing through the four historic towns on the coast (Castro Urdiales, Laredo, Santander and San Vicente de la Barquera), as well as many other places of historical and monumental interest, such as Santoña, Santillana del Mar and Comillas.
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