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Galicia, an autonomous community in Spain’s northwest, is a verdant region with an Atlantic coastline. The cathedral of regional capital Santiago de Compostela is the reputed burial place of the biblical apostle Saint James the Great, and the destination for those following the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. The western cliffs of Cape Finisterre were considered by the Romans to be the end of the known world.
The Death of James the Greater and the Legend of His Remains
James the Greater was the first apostle to be martyred and the only apostle aside from Judas Iscariot whose death is recorded in the Bible (Acts 12:1-2). Scholars believe that King Herod Agrippa ordered the beheading of James in 44 A.D. in Jerusalem
The Bible is silent as to the resting place of James’ remains. However, a medieval legend holds that James the Greater had preached in Spain during his lifetime and that, after his death, his remains were transported to Spain for burial. In the ninth century, the tomb of St. James (known as Santiago in Spanish) was believed to have been rediscovered in Spain. Those remains were later enshrined in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia (northwestern), Spain, where they remain today.
The Way of St. James: One of the Oldest and Most Prominent Pilgrimages
Over the centuries, a network of pilgrimage routes emerged upon which Europeans walked from their homes to the shrine of St. James in Spain. These thousand-year-old pilgrimage routes became known as the Way of St. James (or, the Camino de Santiago in Spanish).
Although the Way of St. James has many starting points today, the most popular starting point in recent years has been Saint Jean Pied de Port in southwestern France. From this starting point, called the French Way, the pilgrimage route is 500 miles long to the shrine of St. James in northwestern Spain. This route, if walked entirely, takes “pilgrims” (or peregrinos)at least 35 days to complete. Although most pilgrims embark upon the Way of St. James on foot, some choose to complete sections of the pilgrimage on bicycle or horseback.
During the journey, travelers are given a “Pilgrim’s Passport,” which they get stamped at designated areas along the routes as evidence that they’ve completed certain portions of the trip. Travelers also have access along the Way to structures built over the centuries to accommodate their needs, including hotels, hostels, hospitals, churches, monasteries, and bridges.