Category: History and Background

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Famous Pilgrims

People have been walking the Camino for hundreds of years, and it’s a powerful feeling that you’re following in their footsteps, participating in the same tradition. For those of us with European heritage, more than likely some of our ancient ancestors made the same pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela! Many well known figures from history have made the journey too, from powerful kings, to US presidents, Popes and Hollywood movie stars.

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Who is Santiago?

You probably already know that ‘Santiago’ is Spanish for ‘Saint James’, and that Saint James was one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus. No doubt you have also heard the legend that his remains are kept in the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. For many people this is now where they reach the limits of their knowledge! So what is so great about this person that everyone is walking so far to see?