The Convent of Saint Francis was founded in 1214 by Saint Francis of Assisi. Legend has it that on a pilgrimage to the city of Santiago de Compostela he ordered a charcoal burner called Cotolay to build the convent. The great work was paid for thanks
The pilgrim faces in each stage to Santiago de Compostela more than twenty kilometres walking with all his belongings loaded on his back. Excess weight or poor weight distribution can cause the pilgrim discomfort and even neck contractures and knee injuries.
The Way of Saint James involves physical effort for the pilgrim. Those who decide to do it all the way face more than seven hundred kilometres to Santiago de Compostela. For the pilgrim who decides to walk only the hundred kilometres necessary to reach Compostela, the
The Compostela, also known erroneously as the Compostelana, is the document that certifies that the pilgrim has completed the Way of Saint James. It is an accreditation granted by the Church to anyone who covers at least the last 100 km of the route on foot
To find out the origin of the Way of Saint James, we must turn to the Codex Calixtinus. It is the referenced manuscript for the Jacobean tradition. It contains numerous liturgical texts with revealing contributions that allow us to understand the origin of the pilgrimage.
The Way of Saint James is one of the main pilgrimage routes in the world. Every year thousands of pilgrims travel hundreds of kilometres to reach Santiago de Compostela. Tell us about your experience and learn about the experiences of many others.
María from Cuenca and her 8 friends did the Camino for the first time in August 2020 and such was the experience that this year they are going to do it again.
The Way of Saint James, as its name suggests, is the route that takes us, from wherever we are or wherever we start the Way to the tomb of the apostle James, one of the first disciples of Jesus of Nazareth.