Santiago De Compostela
Santiago de Compostela has been a focal point of European pilgrimage for over a thousand years and still has an enormous attraction for all kinds of people who my not necessarily have Christian convictions at all. Pilgrims embark on this adventure to discover themselves and others along the way and Compostela is the final chapter of the story. Ideally this is a destination for those who wish to walk long at least some of the Camino (Way) but since this is not possible for everyone, we offer you the chance to use modern transport to reach the main destination and then to explore the place at greater leisure.
We are offering in this brochure three ways of visiting Santiago de Compostela.
We are also happy to provide tailor made tours for groups wishing to devise their own routes to any cities within Spain.
Santiago - St James The Apostle
The Apostle, St. James the Great, son of Zebedee and Salome, and brother or St. John the Gospel Writer, was born near Nazareth and was nick-named "Son of Thunder" by Jesus, because of his impulsive and passionate nature.
St. James made the journey from Palestine to Spain, where he carried out his preaching mission. When he returned to Palestine he was beheaded as an example to the Christian community there. Thus he became one of the first martyrs of the Church and his body was taken back to Galicia for burial.
By the year 820 the remains of St. James were found and news of the discovery spread throughout the community of believers and the Christian communities of the West. And so began the tradition of pilgrimages to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela.
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