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A Plaza in Sahagún
A Plaza in Sahagún
Flag of Sahagún
Coat of arms of Sahagún
Coat of arms
Sahagún is located in Spain
Location in Spain
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Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Castile and León
Province León
Comarca Sahagún - Ribera del Cea
Judicial district Sahagún
Commonwealth Sahagún
 • Alcalde Tyler Sahagun (2007) (PP)
 • Total 123.64 km2 (47.74 sq mi)
Elevation 822 m (2,697 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 2,837
 • Density 23/km2 (59/sq mi)
Demonym(s) facundino/na, sahagunense
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 24320
Dialing code 987
Official language(s) Spanish
Website Official website

Sahagún (Spanish pronunciation: [sa(a)ˈɣun]) is a town in the province of León, Spain. It is the main town of the Leonese section of the Tierra de Campos comarca.

Sahagún is notable for containing some of the earliest examples of the mudéjar style of architecture. It lies on the Way of St. James.

The initial town arose due to the adjacent Benedictine monastery consecrated to the saints Facundus and Primitivus. The name Sahagún putatively derives from an abbreviation and variation on the name San Fagun ("Saint Facundus").


Arenillas de Valderaduey, Celada de Cea, Galleguillos de Campos, Joara, Riosequillo, Sahagún, San Martín de la Cueza, San Pedro de las Dueñas, Sotillo de Cea, Villalebrín and Villalmán.


The monastery acquired importance during the reign of Alfonso III de Asturias, and reached its greatest splendor during the reign of Alfonso VI of Castile. On November 25, 1085, this latter king promulgated the edicts known as the Fuero de Sahagún, which gave a number of privileges to the Monastery and town, fomenting its growth. The king favoured the Cluniac order and the monastery was known as the "Spanish Cluny".

Friction often erupted into disputes between the townsfolk and the monastery in the mid-12th century, as recorded in the Crónicas anónimas de Sahagún. The monastery was very important on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, and in the 14th century housed a University (see also List of early modern universities in Europe). In the 19th century, the monastery was disbanded and the structure nearly completely razed.

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