The Journey to Yourself

The Way of Saint James

The Way of Saint James

This great postcard comes from Veronica, who lives in Spain. The way of St. James or El Camino de Santiago refers to a pilgrimage route to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where it is believed that the remains of St. James are buried. This postcard takes me back to 2009, where I had a university assignment that I did on Santiago de Compostela. This pilgrimage is considered as one of the most important pilgrimages after that of Rome and Jerusalem. Personally, I cannot see the need for a pilgrimage in the christian faith, but to each his own. During the Middle Ages the route was very popular and drew in a number of pilgrims on the route. After the protestant reformation, the black death and political unrest in the region during the 16th century, the route became virtually untraveled and by 1980 only a few pilgrims would arrive at Santiago. The route was declared the first Cultural European Route in 1987 and has subsequently also been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thank you Veronica!

One thought on “The Journey to Yourself

  1. This is on my bucket list. As with many pilgrimages, the desire to do it doesn’t just relate to the faith itself, but to the person themselves and their relationship with their religion/personal belief/the world around them and fulfilling a personal journey (as it says on the card ‘the joruney to yourself) rather than purely the physical one. This pilgrimage is by no means just a Christian and it really unites all different kinds of people along the way.
    Talking of the way, you should watch the film The Way (or read the book) which is based on many stories the author took of people walking the route. It’s a great watch/read.

    🙂

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