Useful information about the Camino of Saint James Pilgrimage and Santiago de Compostela

THE CAMINO TOWNS: RABANAL DEL CAMINO

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Rabanal has great importance in the Camino de Santiago as being the last stopping point before setting off on the next stage from Astorga. It occupies a prominent position in the Codex Calixtino and all current pilgrimage guides. Its traditional inhabitants were "maragato" people, or muleskinners or carriers whose job it was to transport goods or materials. Thanks to the revival of pilgrimage the village, with its traditional buildings, has been literally resurrected, since only a few decades ago it came close to being abandoned and forgotten.

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THE STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS OF LEÓN CATHEDRAL

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In the thirteenth century the cathedral was a symbol of a city, but in the case of Leon it was also the symbol of a Kingdom. We should bear this in mind when we gaze upon the magnificent and ambitious dream that led to the construction of a framework that holds the largest set of stained-glass windows ever conceived.

                   

Photo: Nacho Traseira

MOLINASECA

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Molinaseca is one of the most beautiful villages on the Camino. It belongs to the zone of El Bierzo and with its buildings of stone, wood and slate it closely resembles its Galician counterparts. But as compared with some other villages, Molinaseca still retains perfectly harmony with its natural surroundings, where the houses and monuments seem to emerge from the landscape to which they belong. The pilgrim arrives in Molinaseca by first going past the shrine of Anguish and then crossing the river Meruelo by a beautiful stone bridge. Who could forget it?

CASTROJERIZ

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Castrojeriz is located at the western end of the province of Burgos, on the border with the province of Palencia. As for its historical importance, Castrojeriz is considered one of the main landmarks of the Camino de Santiago. It is a beautiful village of ancient origins, probably Roman or Visigoth, and every pilgrim will be familiar with its castle, clearly visible from the road, which was a witness to many battles between Moors and Christians.

Pamplona/Iruña

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The city of Pamplona is world famous for its fiestas and enclosures of San Fermín, which take place from the 6th to 14th of July. There are few who will not have heard of these celebrations, whether by films as well as novels and short stories, particularly in ‘Fiesta’ by Hemingway.

The city that the pilgrim will find offers a whole host of activities, from visiting monuments and historical landmarks to the enjoyment of the many green areas, parks and places of meeting and rest.

Ultreia Ring

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Compostelle Crafts

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Joyas del Camino

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