Ponferrada, capital of the region of El Bierzo, is one of the major staging posts on the Pilgrim`s Road to Santiago de Compostela as it passes through the province of Leon. The historic quarter of this town sits below an imposing castle built by the Knights Templar. The surrounding area of Ponferrada has other places of interest to visit. One of them is the Monastery of San Pedro de Montes, whose construction dates from the 7th century, although it was remodeled on several occasions. Outstanding is the monastic church, which is Romanesque with subsequent 18th-century additions. It has a basilica plan, with three naves and houses several reredos and images inside.
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