Step by step, down through the centuries, the Camino de Santiago became the most important pilgrimage route in Christendom during the Middle Ages. Today, after more than a thousand years of pilgrimage, it is a unique cultural, historical and spiritual phenomenon born from the firm belief in the discovery of the tomb of the Apostle James in Compostela in the ninth century.
The passage of countless pilgrims who were moved by their faith to make their way to Compostela from all over Europe, established a heritage trail strewn with artistic gems in towns along the way. Legend and miracles, forests and plains, cities and art, sports and religion, all contribute to the unique experience that is the Camino de Santiago. Little wonder that it has been declared European Cultural Heritage by the Council of Europe and World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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