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This site's aim is to supply you with a steadily growing amount of reliable historical and up-to-date information about the city of Santiago de Compostela and the Way of Saint James. A section on the autonomous region of Galicia is planned for later this year. Thanks for visiting santiago-online.com. Please don't hesitate to mail your questions and suggestions.
Santiago de Compostela
The city that ows its name to the Apostle St. James the Greater, son of Zebedee, is the goal of millions of visitors and pilgrims each year. Even after a visit to its crown jewel, the Romanesque cathedral with the tomb of St. James, the capital of the Spanish autonomous region Galicia still has a lot to offer.
The Way of Saint James
The history of St. James' Way begins with the discovery of the Apostel's tomb in the 9th century. The number of pilgrims grew rapidly parallel to the constant improvement of infrastructure during the 11th century along of what is nowadays called the Camino Francés or French Way. A true renaissance of the Way of Saint James started during the last two decades of the 20th century sparked by the visit of Pope John Paul II. to Santiago de Compostela in 1982 and the recent publication of bestselling books and the following media coverage.
Spain's green northwest with its fjord-like bays, the rías, its typical grain storages, the horreos, and its bagpipes, the gaitas, and also with its beatiful beaches is still widely unknown. Or did you know that the British newspaper "Guardian" in 2007 declared one of Galicia's beaches the most beautiful in the world?