Pilgrimage season gets underway in Europe; Deutsche Welle

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

More and more people are stepping away from daily life and onto a pilgrimage path like the Way of Saint James, which goes to Spain’s west coast. Germany also offers pilgrims routes and help to meet their different needs.Spring has finally started, and with it the new pilgrimage season. In the weeks and months ahead, numerous people will start their own meditative journey.

One of the most popular routes is the Way of Saint James (“El Camino de Santiago”), Europe’s best known pilgrimage route. The various routes, totaling some 42,000 kilometers (26,100 miles), come from different directions, crossing numerous countries before uniting in one path known as the French Way (“Camino Frances”). This medieval main trade route in northern Spain leads westward from the Pyrenees towards the Atlantic Ocean, where it finally reaches the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela.

That’s where the apostle James, a disciple of Christ, is said to be buried. This helped make Santiago de Compostela a popular Christian pilgrimage destination over 1,000 years ago, alongside the cities of Jerusalem and Rome.

Read more from source: Pilgrimage season gets underway in Europe – Daily News Egypt

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