This year 2017 is going to be a very important year for the region of Cantabria. After 11 years, since 2006, the “Lebaniego Jubilee Year” will be celebrated so it will be a very good opportunity to know the Lebaniego region and get the Jubilar forgiveness.
The Jubilee Year is the event that is celebrated in the years in which it is Sunday the 16th of April, festival of Santo Toribio. The monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana is with Santiago de Compostela, Rome, Jerusalem and Caravaca de la Cruz one of the 5 places in the world where the jubilee holy year is celebrated.
On April 23rd 2017 will begin the lebaniego jubilee year being this its 73rd edition. This event is considered "Event of Exceptional Public Interest". As every Jubilee year, it is organized a cultural and social program around the event to raise awareness and value the region of Cantabria Liébana. It is taken as central reference the Monastery of Santo Toribio beause it is there where the largest piece of the cross of Christ is, the Lignum Crucis.
The monastery can be visited every year whether it is jubilar or not, but only during this year will be opened the door of the Forgiveness. If you pass through this door all sins are forgiven. The rest of the time this door remains closed.
This celebration dates back to 1512, so it is a tradition with origins in the Middle Ages, when the pilgrim who made the road to Santiago did not miss the opportunity to visit the Monastery.
The monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana is one of the 5 holy places where this festival is celebrated together with Rome, Jerusalem, Santiago de Compostela and Caravaca.
It is during the time of the Reconquest when Don Pelayo repopulated the región with Christians from the plateau. It was atended by friars who, among other things, built the monastery of Santo Toribio.
The Region of Liébana is formed by seven valleys and its administrative center is the municipality of Potes. It has about 3000 inhabitants and its main activity is local business and tourism. It is located in the central massif of the Picos de Europa, on the border with Asturias.
As to the tourism of the region, it must be emphasized that it is a singular place surrounded by nature. It has a cable car from Fuente De and it also has a great offer of adventure and mountain activities due to its location in the Picos de Europa: Trecking, canoes along the Deva River, Climbing and a long etcetera.
But certainly, what makes it particular is its Cultural richness, because this región was the refuge of many intellectuals in the Middle Age who fled of the Arabs. Not only because they left their belongings, also for their Works such as the Blessed Liebana. Its author has gone down in history by writing the Commentaries of the Apocalypse, a book known as blessed, as its own name, and which turned out to be the first bestseller of the Middle Ages.
During this Jubilee Year social, sporting and cultural activities have been programmed as, for example, the 29th of April the concert of Jean Michel Jarre or the World Padel Tour.
On the other hand, there is also the possibility to do cultural tourist routes in group with several itineraries.
Therefore, this year is the best occasion to discover a place in the middle of nature in the Picos de Europa, with a great socioculutral offer and also for “getting forgiveness".
Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, Ayuntamiento de Colindres