of the Camino de la Lengua Castellana
includes different Hispanic enclaves where the Castilian language has
drawn out an itinerary of history, art, people and literature that has
made it become one of the most important languages of the world.
This route starts at the Rioja town of San
Millán de la Cogolla,
where more than a thousand years ago the first words were written in
Spanish. From there it moves on to Santo
Domingo de Silos, where the
oldest texts in Spanish were written. And then it continues on to Valladolid.
Salamanca and its University
The next big stop on the route is Salamanca,
because in this city Antonio
de Nebrija published the first
Grammar of the Castilian Language
in 1492. From that moment on, the
University would begin to promote
this common language that was to pass beyond our borders and extend
over to the new world.
Famous writers of the academic institution such as Fray
Luis de León, San
Juan de la Cruz, Luis
de Góngora and Miguel
de Unamuno created and composed
their work from diverse parts of our province, which served as an inspiration
for their literature.
Alba de Tormes and Peñaranda
From the capital of Salamanca, el Camino de la Lengua passes through
the lands of saints and Doctors of the Church, to Alba
de Tormes and Peñaranda
de Bracamonte. Santa
Teresa de Jesús and
San Juan de la Cruz
lived and wrote in these places. The things they bequeathed (writings,
poems and foundations) remain in existence today. In the village of
Alba you can see Saint Teresa's relics and the cell where she died;
a walk through the Castle of the Dukes (with superb Renaissance paintings)
and San Juan's church with its splendid romanic apostolate are included
in the visit.
After the visit to these cultural landmarks, we will continue our journey
and Alcalá de Henares
where we will stop.