Every year hundreds of thousands of pilgrims travel on foot or bike different routes that lead from European cities to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain to worship before the relics of St. James, one of the apostles of Christ. Worship practiced for centuries and was once entirely from religious motives, while today many people travel the road Camino de Santiago as a tourist route or just to challenge – can travel hundreds of kilometers away?
If you travel 100 km on foot (this is the minimum) seem impossible endeavor, there are tours that pass on some of the iconic places along the route. Before this, read some interesting facts about the Camino de Santiago.
1. In fact, there are many routes to Santiago de Compostela, the most popular starting in France, Portugal and Spain. The most used route is the Camino Frances today, starting from the Pyrenees in France and 800 km long. In walking, it is about 5 weeks.
2. In the past it was thought that the Camino for each pilgrim starts from the moment he leaves his home.
3. The symbol of the Camino centuries is yellow clam. She attended and very route as a landmark for directions.
4. To receive a certificate Camino, you must be walked at least 100 kilometers on foot or at least 200 km bike route. Along the way you collect stamps pilgrims’ passport and must have at least one per day. Every year, 200,000 people receive such a certificate.
5. The Camino de Santiago is considered the third most important pilgrimage for Catholics after Jerusalem and Rome.
6. Annually, more than 2.5 million people visit the city of Santiago de Compostela.
7. The name of Santiago de Compostela means “Saint James in a field of stars.”
8. The first known “guide” for the Camino de Santiago from the 12th century and is called Codex Calixtinus.
9. Around 90% of people travel the Camino on foot, 9% by bicycle, less than 1% of the horse. An average of 100 people each year fail to take the route with a wheelchair.
10. Almost half of the pilgrims on the road are Hispanic, followed by Italians, Germans and Portuguese.