Camino de Santiago – St. James Route
The Way of St. James was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during the Middle Ages and is still very popular, every year hundreds of thousands of pilgrims walk one of the many routes to Santiago de Compostela were they end with a visit to the cathedral. You cannot get lost, along the way this symbol leads the pilgrim to Santiago de Compostela. This symbol is sometimes engraved on poles, painted on plates, a tile in a wall or as part of street signs. After visiting the cathedral some pilgrims continue on to Finisterre (the Galician name is Fisterra) which means “end of the world”. Here they burn a small personal item as a form of spiritual completion, or of a hoped-for new beginning.
Legend holds that St. James’s remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain, where he was buried in what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela. The scallop shell, often found on the shores in Galicia, has long been the symbol of the Camino de Santiago.
Map of the seven main routes of the Camino.