Who has never heard of the different stages and experiences of doing the Camino de Santiago? Surely everyone, but few are those who will know all the curiosities that we are going to tell you next.
Pay attention because some of these curiosities of making the road to Santiago can make you change your vacation plans for this summer and sign up for the experience of enjoying the different routes and pilgrimage routes to the Galician city.
Curiosities of the Camino de Santiago that you should know
300 years without knowing the apostle Santiago
It tells the story that by 1558 the archbishop San Clemente ordered to hide the remains of the apostle Santiago, due to the fear of the pirate attacks and looting of Francis Drake.
So well this work was done to hide the remains of the apostle Santiago, which were lost for more than 300 years, until in 1878 during some works of the reform of the cathedral, the remains of the apostle were found again inside the main altar from the cathedral itself.
Where did the yellow arrows that mark the Way to Santiago come from?
Today it is known and known that the Camino de Santiago in its many aspects is marked and indicated with yellow arrows like the ones you can see in the image, but few know that these arrows began to appear in the 80s in the twentieth century by the walkers who did it to facilitate the road and the indications to the subsequent pilgrims, since at that time the road did not have the fame it has today.
It should also be noted that two great drivers of these signs in the first place were Elías Valiña, who was at that time the priest of O Cebreiro and Andrés Muñoz who was the president of the Association of Friends of the Camino de Santiago.
Requirements to get the Compostela at the end of the road
For those who do not know, the Compostela is the only document with which you can prove that you have made the Camino de Santiago by devotion, by a vote or by mercy (devotionis affectu, voti vel pietatis causa).
It is nothing more than a small parchment that proves that you have arrived in Santiago de Compostela having walked or walked at least the last 100 kilometers or the last 200 kilometers by bicycle. To prove that they have been done, you must present the seats of each of the hostels or accredited sites along the way.
The Compostela is a parchment that will only be given to you if you claim to have made the way for religious purposes, since if the purposes are other, the document they will give you will be civil and not religious (certificate of welcome to the city of Compostela)
Who was the first pilgrim?
This is something that can never be ascertained and confirmed with certainty, but today studies guarantee that it is a Gotescalco, archbishop of Le Puy.
It is said that he did the french way accompanied by a large number of people and that as a result of this experience more people were pointed out to make this pilgrimage for purely religious reasons. Something that today has resulted in a tourist attraction more than the many that Spain has.