Pilgrimage Santiago de Compostela
Pilgrimage Santiago de Compostela.
The Camino de Santiago de Compostela is considered the most important religious and cultural phenomenon in the world.
Even today, as well as at the beginning of its long history, this town in the north of Spain, perched on a hill, about 30 kilometers from the Atlantic coast and the capital of Galicia, is the destination for millions of faithful from every corner of the globe, animated by faith, but also by ecological and solidarity ideals.
The roads of the route on both the French and Spanish sides wind through fields, mountains and sacred places and have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
How to organize pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela: under the universal sign of the vieira
Over the years, millions of people have traveled the various routes that lead to Santiago: penitents, faithful, adventurous and curious men and women, all recognize themselves because they show the distinctive shell, called “vieiria”.
It is important to know that there is no single path, but you can choose from a range of possibilities. All the paths lead to the Plaza del Obradoiro, the spiritual heart of Santiago. Along the various routes, an endless number of shelters, monasteries, churches, sacred places and natural beauties are intercepted.
Pilgrimage Santiago de Compostela: the Sanctuary of Santiago de Compostela
The relics of St. James, patron saint of Spain, are kept in the crypt inside this magnificent church. Inside, admire the Capela Maior, with the Baroque high altar, by Juan de Figueroa. On the back of the altar is the stone statue of Santiago that pilgrims can kiss and hug.