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Santiago de Compostela

In the early 9th century, in a forest called Libredon, the remains of Saint James were found according to tradition.

Soon after the discovery of a tomb, the Episcopal See settled in Iria (pardon) was transferred to Compostela.

The fact that the sepulchre was found is the reason why the city, as we see it today, was built.


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The 12th century saw the beginnin g of construction work on the nave of the Cathedral.  From this century to the late 18th century, the city sanctuary was chosen as the residence place for noble men and the main religious orders, apart from becoming, together with Rome and Jerusalem, the most important pilgrimage centre in the West.

The history of Santiago de Compostela is the history of a “path”, a path with ash and seeds. The pilgrim creates a symbiosis between present and pat, tradition and modernity. 

From the 9th century and until today the pilgrimage to Compostela was consolidates as one of the most important routes of the Christian World.