The history and experience of pilgrimage, a radical experience like few others, is a reflection of one of the greatest tensions within an individual: a journey to discover the self, the world and God, as well as an opportunity for inner renewal.
The pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela is perhaps the Christian religion’s greatest example of this practice. For centuries pilgrims from all over Europe have been crossing the Pyrenees over the Roncevaux Pass to reach the Galician city on the continent’s western tip, home to the remains of Saint James. The journey is punctuated by trials, testimonies of faith, history, monuments as well as miracles that have shaped European identity, a Europe that in recent years has seen a revival of increasingly large groups of ‘modern pilgrims’ making the journey, perhaps not only for religious reasons, but always in the spirit of initiation.
The journey is of particular interest in terms of landscape and architecture, not to mention religion and history.
Despite the fact that in 2022 July 25 falls on a Monday, as a result of the Covid pandemic that prevented many people from taking part in the pilgrimage last year, Pope Francis has issued an edict declaring the Jacobean Holy Year, which involves the opening of the Holy Door of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, be extended until the end of 2022.
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