|UNESCO #669 - Route of Santiago - SPAIN|
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Routes of Santiago de Compostela - SPAIN - UNESCO #669
The famous Route of Santiago (also know as St. James Path) extends all over Europe (I remember seeing signs in a little village in Switzerland some years ago) but of course they have major importance in Spain, Portugal and France. I love trekking and I've thought several times in making part of this routes in Galicia, but it never happened... on foot - I used to make the Route of Santiago in my college years in Aveiro, but to be honest it was by car and the destination was the bars and not the Cathedral (things are different when you're 20). This is my 104th UNESCO site, only 877 to the end.
Santiago de Compostela was proclaimed the first European Cultural itinerary by the Council of Europe in 1987. This route from the French-Spanish border was – and still is – taken by pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela. Some 1,800 buildings along the route, both religious and secular, are of great historic interest. The route played a fundamental role in encouraging cultural exchanges between the Iberian peninsula and the rest of Europe during the Middle Ages. It remains a testimony to the power of the Christian faith among people of all social classes and from all over Europe.