Place:Astorga, León, Castilla y León, Spain


Alt namesAsturgasource: Orbis Latinus (1971) p 32
Asturgiasource: Orbis Latinus (1971) p 32
Asturica Augustasource: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988) I, 653
Asturica coloniasource: Orbis Latinus (1971) p 32
Coordinates42.46°N 6.06°W
Located inLeón, Castilla y León, Spain
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Astorga is a municipality and city of Spain located in the central area of the province of León, in the autonomous community of Castilla y León, southwest of the provincial capital. It is located in the transit between the Páramo Leonés and the mountains of León and acts as the backbone of the comarcas of Maragatería, La Cepeda and the Ribera del Órbigo. The city is the head of one of the most extensive and oldest dioceses of Spain, whose jurisdiction covers half of the province of León and part of Ourense and Zamora. It is also head of the judicial party number 5 of the province of León.

Astorga lies in the area of the Maragatos, a small ethnic and cultural community with distinctive customs and architecture. The town lies at the junction of the French route, the most popular path and Vía de la Plata route, an alternative path of the Way of St. James. Saint Turibius of Astorga was bishop of the city in the 5th century.

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