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E ven before the discovery of the remains of the Apostle Saint James, crowds of people made the route that goes to the Finis Terri. There they felt that "religious terror" when, as happened to the Roman legionary Decimo July Brutus, they saw the Sun sunken in the waters of the ocean. He insisted that, when this happened, there was a hissing sound similar to the one iron makes when it is tempered in the forge.

St. JAMES

Some people maintain that making the route to Finis Terrae was part of the rites of the "Ancient Religion". But the "miraculous arrival" of the corpse of the Apostle Saint James is the origin of the pilgrimage that we know today. Beheaded in Palestine in the year 42 A.D., he finally arrives in Galicia. The legend says that his disciples stole their master's corpse and put it on board a ship without a crew, or better, with a crew of Angels. Seven days after their departure they landed at the mouth of the River Ulla in Galicia. Once there, the disciples had serious problems burying their Master caused by Queen Lupa and especially by King Duyo a confessed enemy of Christianity. After a series of miraculous happenings, the Apostle was buried in the place that would later become the town of Santiago an Queen Lupa converted to Christianity.

The discovery of the Tomb of the Apostle St. James the Greater at the beginning of the IXth century soon brought about a stream of travellers making the pilgrimage to the site, which is today the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela. This abundant influx of pilgrims from a myriad of places in Europe helped to form a complex network of itineraries, known together as the Way of St. James or the Ruta Jacobea.

WINEYARDThe stocks of Mencia in Galicia are coming from France across the Way French to Compostela. The heyday of the pilgrimages took place between the XI, XII and XIIIth centuries with the granting of specific spiritual indulgences. This trend, however, has endured to a greater or lesser extent over the course of the centuries.

From the middle of the XXth century, the Way of St. James has been experiencing an international rebirth, which combines its spiritual and socio-cultural tradition with its ability to attract the tourist and it comes across as a new meeting place open to all kinds of people and cultures.

 

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