Spanish pilgrimage route soon in Baidu encyclopedia; Wang Kaihao; China Daily

Spain – Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Camino Francés and Routes of Northern Spain

The Camino de Santiago (also known as the Way of Saint James), which is a legendry pilgrimage route in Spain, will be included in Baidu Baike, China’s major online encyclopedia.

The encyclopedia, managed by tech giant Baidu Inc, will have an entry in its museums’ section on the roads in northern Spain that lead to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

An agreement was reached between Baidu and Barcelona-based Gaudi Project in the Spanish embassy in Beijing on Tuesday.

This year also marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Spain.

The digital project on the Camilo de Santiago, which covers information on hundreds of towns, churches, castles and museums, will be available on Baidu Baike later this year. High-definition pictures of architecture facades, interiors and cultural relics will be uploaded to better display this pilgrimage route in cyberspace.

Camino de Santiago got its UNESCO World Heritage status in 1993, and is one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites since medieval times.

Carlos Canals Roura, co-founder of Gaudi Project, calls it the “Silk Road in Spain”.

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