The apostle Saint James: the patron of Spain
Saint James has been the official patron of Spain since the 17th century. However, his patronage was not always unique, and it was a source of dispute between the religious order of the Carmelites and the nobility.
San Martiño Pinario at the service of pilgrims
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.
The monastery of San Martiño Pinario: Seat of institutions
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.
San Martiño Pinario and the Jacobean cult
The monastery of San Martiño Pinario is near the Cathedral of Santiago. Its origins are uncertain, but it is known to have been one of the first religious centres linked to the cult and custody of the tomb of the Apostle.
Alfonso Rodríguez Castelao: A Galician artist and politician in exile
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.
José María Acuña: the sculptor of the pilgrim
José María Acuña was born in the parish of Salcedo in Pontevedra on 4 April 1903. He was a renowned sculptor that left an important artistic legacy. It is said that he has tried to convey a message with each of his works.
The Jacobean greeting: from ‘Ultreia et suseia’ to ‘Good Way’
'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.
Camilo José Cela: the Galician Nobel Prize in Literature
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
Rosalía de Castro: a poetess of Galician blood
Rosalía de Castro was born on 24 February 1837 in Santiago de Compostela. An illustrious writer of the 19th century, she became the author par excellence of modern Galician literature. A pioneer in feminist thought and a forerunner of Spanish poetry, she is a symbol of
History of the island of Cortegada
The island of Cortegada is in the Arousa estuary and forms part of the Maritime-Terrestrial National Park of the Atlantic Islands. Together with the smaller islands of Las Malveiras and Las Briñas, it forms an archipelago.