The Way of Santiago de Compostela was considered as the First European Cultural Itinerary.
In the same Way to Santiago, it is a pilgrimage not only of a religious nature. But it also allows a cultural connection between peoples of the whole world.
The WAY is an experience of faith, solidarity and self-surrender. In the same way, those who walk it can describe the spiritual immensity that is involved in it. From the same point of view the pilgrims, as the people who walk the WAY are called. Consequently, they seek a religious experience and are able to immerse themselves in the history of Jesus Christ.
A little bit of the history of the WAY …
Jacob or Jacó, the name by which James or Santiago is mentioned in the Bible. He was the son of Zebedee or Santiago Maior in a fishing family and was one of the most important disciples of Jesus Christ. Depending on whether he was one of the first apostles to follow Jesus, he participated in the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor and the Agony of Christ in the Garden of Olives. Although James also appeared in the testimonies of the third apparition of Jesus of Nazareth on the shores of the Lake of Tiberias, he also participated in the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor and the Agony of Christ in the Garden of Olives. By virtue of being present in the last miracle of the Christian messiah. James was also one of the followers of Jesus who accompanied the Virgin Mary on her deathbed.
The writings also tell us that before the Virgin Mary died
She received the visit of the risen Jesus Christ. She asked him to unite his apostles who were scattered throughout the world to encourage them to continue evangelization. Thus Mary made her first apparition on a pillar in the region of Caesaraugusta. Today Zaragoza, in front of James and seven other men, asked them for perseverance to continue with their missions. Then the place where Mary appeared was built in honor of the Blessed Sacrament. The chapel of Our Lady of the Pillar, the devotion was so consolidated that Our Lady of the Pillar became the patroness of Spain.
James returned to Jerusalem when the Virgin Mary died.
Consequently, he died after being tortured and beheaded in the year 42. At the behest of Herod Agrippa I, king of Judea. His disciples Theodore and Athanasius, as it says in the scriptures, took the body and head of the apostle James back to Spain. In a stone boat to Galicia, where he anchored in the port of Iria Flavia. It is known today as Padrón, 20 km from Compostela. The remains of Santiago were deposited on Mount Libredón, where the Church of Saint Felix de Solovio was built. On this same hill, eight centuries later, a star of splendid luminosity was sighted. For the reason that was thus the origin of the name Compostela; stellae campus, “Field of the Star”.
The disciples went to ask Queen Lupa to bury Santiago.
Soon after, he controlled the lands where Compostela is today. But the monarch imprisoned the men in captivity. According to reports, a luminous angel released them from prison and during the escape several miracles occurred that eventually converted Lupa to Christianity. In this way, he authorized the burial of the apostle Santiago in his castle, where today the Cathedral of Santiago is built.
Thus arises the will to emerge in the WAY of Santiago de Compostela.
Once that being to experience the biblical history, because through this same WALK passed important figures in medieval times. Pilgrimage on the WAY, besides all the beautiful natural landscape and architectural art. It is however an experience of ecumenical sense, since Europe was being formed among these uncertain paths and history was being created.
There are several points of passage along the WAY full of history and that are worth knowing. Pedaling on the WAY is an advantageous option because you can do the route more quickly with the possibility of spending a little more time in each of the historically known monuments.
Portuguese way for st James