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Compostela, Routes to
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The Camino de Santiago, or Way of Saint James, is the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, in the northwest of Spain, where the remains of the apostle Saint James the Great are thought to be buried. The discovery of the relics of the saint in the year 812 led to the foundation of a temple and the birth of a pilgrimage. Despite being soon considered a major Christian peregrinatio ad loca sancta to earn plenary indulgences in medieval times, the Way of Saint James did not have a single route. Like the grooves of a shell (Saint James's symbol), whi…

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Jorge Abril Sánchez, “Compostela, Routes to”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 28 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00107>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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