The saying "Who went to Seville, lost his chair" is popularly known throughout Spain. However, few know the origin of this phrase, and it is closely linked to the history of Santiago de Compostela.
The monastery of San Martiño Pinario was linked from its origin to the cult of the apostle Saint James and the Jacobean tradition. Therefore, it is not surprising that it dedicated part of its services to the welfare of the pilgrims who arrived at its doors.
Today, the monastery of San Martiño Pinario is one of the most emblematic buildings in Santiago de Compostela. This Benedictine abbey has its origins in the Inventio, with the discovery of the remains of the apostle Saint James (820-830) and has undergone major transformations over time.
Alfonso Daniel Manuel Rodríguez Castelao was born in Rianxo, A Coruña, on 30 January 1886. He is considered one of the creators of modern prose in Galicia and the greatest representative of Galician nationalism.
Francisco Hipólito Asorey González was born in the Pontevedra town of Cambados on 4 March 1889. He became a renowned sculptor and is today considered by critics to be one of the most relevant figures in Spanish sculptural art of the 20th century.
'Good Way' is the most used greeting nowadays. However, the historical and traditional greeting for pilgrims was 'Ultreia et suseia'. Despite the predominant use of one or the other in each era, both have become a sign of identity for pilgrims all over the world.
The writer Camilo José Cela Trulock was born in Iria Flavia on 11 May 1916. The son of a Spanish father and an English mother, he was an illustrious representative of post-war literature. An acclaimed author and scholar, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature