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Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain

Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: The Route of Santiago de Compostela is also known as the Way of St James. For more than 1000 years pilgrims have been walking along the Route of Santiago de Compostela, their final destination is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with the tomb of St. James. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain is one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites, the other two are: Jerusalem and Rome. There are more than 1800 monumental buildings along the Route of Santiago de Compostela, such as bridges, bell towers, cathedrals, churches, city gates, hospitals, inns and monasteries, like the San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries. The three most important cathedrals along the Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain are the Burgos Cathedral, León Cathedral and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1993. Extension of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015: Some of the earliest pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The UNESCO World Heritage is now inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as: Route of Santiago de Compostela: Camino Francés and Routes of Northern Spain.

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Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain - Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: The Romanesque stone bridge of Puente la Reina was built in the 11th century to help pilgrims cross...

Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: The Romanesque stone bridge of Puente la Reina

was built in the 11th century to help pilgrims cross the Arga River. The major pilgrimage routes

from France come together at Puente la Reina. From Puente la Reina, the route continues in

several routes to Santiago de Compostela. The small town of Puente la Reina was, and still is,

strongly influenced by the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

  1. Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain - Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: The Romanesque stone bridge of Puente la Reina was built in the 11th century to help pilgrims cross...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: The Romanesque stone bridge of Puente la Reina

    was built in the 11th century to help pilgrims cross the Arga River. The major pilgrimage routes

    from France come together at Puente la Reina. From Puente la Reina, the route continues in

    several routes to Santiago de Compostela. The small town of Puente la Reina was, and still is,

    strongly influenced by the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

  2. Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain - Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the silver box containing the remains of the apostle...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the silver

    box containing the remains of the apostle James. For more than 1000 years pilgrims have been

    walking along the Route of Santiago de Compostela, their final destination is the Cathedral of

    Santiago de Compostela with the tomb of the apostle James. In the course of time, the remains

    of the apostle had been almost forgotten, they were rediscovered in the 19th century.

  3. Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain - The scallop shell is the iconic symbol of the Route of Santiago de Compostela. The route across Spain stretches from the Pyrenees to the...

    The scallop shell is the iconic symbol of the Route of Santiago de Compostela. The route

    across Spain stretches from the Pyrenees to the Atlantic coast near Cape Finisterre. The Route

    of Santiago de Compostela was already mentioned in the Codex Calixtinus, this 12th century 

    illuminated manuscript is regarded the first travel guide book for pilgrims walking to Santiago

    de Compostela. The Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain is an UNESCO World Heritage.

  4. Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain - Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: Lugo Cathedral seen from the Roman Walls of Lugo. The Roman Walls of Lugo are also an UNESCO...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: Lugo Cathedral seen from the Roman Walls of

    Lugo. The Roman Walls of Lugo are also an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lugo Cathedral

    was constructed in the 12th century in the Romanesque style, the cathedral has also Gothic,

    Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical style elements. Lugo Cathedral is located along the

    Camino de Santiago, the Route of Santiago de Compostela, also known as the Way of James.

  5. Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain - Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: Easter Holy Week Procession in front of the León Cathedral, Santa...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: Easter Holy Week Procession in front of the León

    Cathedral, Santa María de Regla de León, in the baskground the Diocesan Cathedral Museum.

    León Cathedral and the Diocesan Cathedral Museum are situated on the Plaza Regla in the

    historic centre of León. Spain is famous for the Easter processions during Semana Santa, the

    Holy Week. The Spanish Town of León is located along the Route of Santiago de Compostela.

  6. Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain - Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: León Cathedral is one of the three most important cathedrals along the route of...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: León Cathedral is one of the three most important

    cathedrals along the route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the other are Burgos Cathedral

    and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. León Cathedral is widely known for its medieval

    stained-glass windows, the construction of the Gothic León Cathedral started in 1205, León

    Cathedral was closely modeled on the Gothic cathedrals of France, especially Reims Cathedral. 

  7. Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain - The Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain nearby the Monastery of San Millán Suso. There are more than 1800 monumental buildings...

    The Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain nearby the Monastery of San Millán Suso.

    There are more than 1800 monumental buildings along the Route of Santiago de Compostela,

    such as cathedrals, churches, monasteries, bridges, hospitals, hostels and inns, in 166 towns

    and villages, among them the most famous Monasteries of San Millán Yuso and Suso, located

    in the small village of San Millán de la Cogolla, near Burgos in Spain.

  8. Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain - Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: The church of the Monastery of San Millán Yuso. During the fall and spring equinox, the...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: The church of the Monastery of San Millán Yuso.

    During the fall and spring equinox, the sun shines through a rose window and then through

    the circle above this doorway to make a perfect circle of sunlight on the church floor of the

    San Millán Yuso Monastery. There are more than 1800 monuments along the Route of

    Santiago de Compostela, among them the Monasteries of San Millán Yuso and Suso.

  9. Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain - Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: The dome of the Chapel of the Condestable in Burgos Cathedral. Pilgrims usually enter the...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: The dome of the Chapel of the Condestable in

    Burgos Cathedral. Pilgrims usually enter the cathedral through the 'Puerta de la Coronería',

    the Coronation Portal. Burgos Cathedral was a major stop for pilgrims on their way to Santiago

    de Compostela. The importance of Burgos as a major pilgrimage destination is reflected in the

    fact that it once had thirty hostels, only for pilgrims.

  10. Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain - Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: A symbol of the Camino de Santiago, the Way of James, near Burgos Cathedral. Medieval...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: A symbol of the Camino de Santiago, the Way of

    James, near Burgos Cathedral. Medieval pilgrims often wore a scallop shell on their hat or on

    their clothes. Today, the symbol of the scallop shell is seen on signposts, tiles and buildings

    along the route in order to guide pilgrims on their journey to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

    The Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1993. 

  11. Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain - Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain:  A Bronze statue of an exhausted pilgrim outside Burgos Cathedral. Burgos is located...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain:  A Bronze statue of an exhausted pilgrim outside

    Burgos Cathedral. Burgos is located on one of the oldest and most important stretches of the

    Route of Santiago de Compostela, the Camino Francés, the French Way. The French town of

    St. Jean Pied de Port is the official starting point of the Camino Francés. The Route of Santiago

    de Compostela in Spain was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1993. 

  12. Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain - Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: In our classic mini, we drove along several sections of the Route of Santiago de...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain: In our classic mini, we drove along several sections

    of the Route of Santiago de Compostela. One of the monumental buildings along the pilgrimage

    route is the San Miguel de Lillo, an Asturian pre-Romanesque church near the Spanish town of

    Oviedo. Oviedo is the starting point of the Camino Primitivo, the Original Way, the first route to

    Santiago de Compostela, the route followed by King Alfonso II of Asturias in the 9th century.

  13. Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain - Route of Santiago de Compostela: The lighthouse at the top of Cape Finisterre, located on the Atlantic Coast, about 90 km from...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela: The lighthouse at the top of Cape Finisterre, located on

    the Atlantic Coast, about 90 km from Santiago de Compostela. Cape Finisterre, meaning

    the End of the World, is the final destination for many pilgrims on the Route of Santiago the

    Compostela, the pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle James. Now it is a tradition for some

    pilgrims to burn their clothes or walking shoes at the end of their journey at Cape Finisterre.

  14. Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain - Route de Santiago de Compostela in Spain: Our classic mini, a 1974 Mini Authi. in front of the stone cross at Cape Finisterre....

    Route de Santiago de Compostela in Spain: Our classic mini, a 1974 Mini Authi. in front of

    the stone cross at Cape Finisterre. Every year, over 100,000 walkers, cyclists and car drivers

    make their way to Cape Finisterre, a rocky peninsula situated on the west coast of Spain.

    Camino de Finisterre is an unique route from Santiago de Compostela to Cape Finisterre

    and the last part of the Route of Santiago de Compostela.

  15. Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain - Route de Santiago de Compostela in Spain: The zero kilometre signpost of the Route of Santiago de Compostela is situated at Cape...

    Route de Santiago de Compostela in Spain: The zero kilometre signpost of the Route of

    Santiago de Compostela is situated at Cape Finisterre in Spain. Cape Finisterre and its

    surrounding headland is considered a mystical place since the earliest times and probably

    a place of worship to the sun for the Phoenicians and Celtic tribes. For many pilgrims, Cape

    Finisterre is the very end of their pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.