Posts tagged ‘medieval’
Santiago de Compostela is coined as being ‘the most beautiful city in Spain’.
We were sceptical but hopeful, and luck was on our side! The entire place is a maze of medieval laneways and amazing religious relics or monuments at every turn. The place is saturated with them!..
Also, our hostal was a gorgeous little apartment with twin balconies over a stunning medieval laneway! Run by the cutest old couple who spoke nothing but Spanish. LOVE.
Ok, so the story behind Santiago:
– The remains of St. James the apostle of Jesus was discovered here over 1000 years ago
– A city was built around the crypt
– Pilgrims have been making the journey here, to the very West coast of Spain (in the middle of nowhere!) since then
– It’s the 3rd most important religious sepulchre site outside of Jerusalem and the Vatican
– It has the highest concentration of artwork per square metre in Spain (or Europe?)
I didn’t know most of this til after we’d left – good one being an ignorant ‘oh that’s so pretty!’ tourist Ange!
Humbling? Definitely. Even without knowing the complete history or significance, the mood captured in the architecture of the main Catedral is amazing. The dedication over centuries behind building a city full of these religious relics is awesome.
The whole place is full of pilgrims, which is awesome. Young to old, equipped with their hiking gear, backpacks and walking sticks. They have to walk a minimum of 100km – the whole Camina (road) to Santiago is like 400km long! The mood is holy but festive, with music and good food aplenty. Had amazing muscles in vinegar here 🙂
Personally I enjoyed seeing these young pilgrims, unshaven for weeks and evidently road-weary, laying on the stones in front of the mighty Catedral, chilling with their beers.
That, and the old ladies and old men running an early morning market against ancient church walls.
Many more details, but I wouldn’t do it justice. Look up the place if you like.