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Route of Santiago de Compostela
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Type of site: Cultural
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Date of Inscription: 1993
Location: Europe, Spain, Autonomous Communities of Aragon, Navarre, la Rioja, Castile-Leon and Galicia
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Description: The Council of Europe proclaimed Santiago de Compostela as the first European Cultural itinerary in 1987. Pilgrims used to (and still do to this day) take this route from the French-Spanish border to Santiago de Compostela. The route is dotted with some 1,800 buildings, both religious and secular – all of immense historic interest. The route was a fundamental factor in advancing cultural exchanges throughout the Middle Ages between the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe. It continues to bear out the power of the Christian faith among people from all over Europe, and of all social classes. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Way of St. James or St. James' Way, often known by its Spanish name, el Camino de Santiago, is the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where legend has it that the remains of the apostle, Saint James the Great, are buried. The Way of St James has existed for over a thousand years. It was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times. It was considered one of three pilgrimages on which a plenary indulgence could be earned; the others are the Via Francigena to Rome and the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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