We visit the castle of Zamora, built in the 10th and 12th centuries. During the era of Christian-Muslim conflict, Zamora changed hands many times. King Alphonso II and El Cid laid siege to Zamora and Alphonso was treacherously murdered there causing El Cid to eventually cooperate, for a time, with his enemy, Alphonso’s brother.
I read Chapter 66 from the Tao te Ching:
“All streams flow to the sea
because it is lower than they are.
Humility gives it its power.”
The castle has a series of walls and moats and an inner building.
“If you want to govern the people,
you must place yourself below them.”
“If you want to lead the people,
you must learn how to follow them.”
The castle has an inner building, with arches.
“The Master is above the people,
and no one feels oppressed.”
Zamora has 24 churches. I approach the Church of San Isidoro. San Isidoro was known as the last great scholar of medieval literature, and is now regarded as the patron saint of computers.
I meditate here.
“She goes ahead of the people,
and no one feels manipulated.”
We visit the Church of San Pedro and San Ildefonso. I pray for you.
“The whole world is grateful to her.
Because she competes with no one,
no one can compete with her.”
The altar is very golden.
We see the Church of la Magdalena. Most people do not realize the importance of Mary Magdaline in the life of Jesus and in the life of the early Christian group.
We return and enter the church.
We see the Church of Santa Maria la Nueva.
We look at the altar.
Outside, we look at a wall mural and the Romanesque Bridge leading into the city. The bridge was built in the 12th century.
We see the Church of San Juan de la Puerta.
I do not know that showing you images will induce a powerful experience in you. Perhaps eating is better.
The next day, we return to the Church of San Juan. More?