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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Route of Santiago de Compostela, also known as the Way of St. James, is a pilgrimage route in Spain that is recognised as a World Heritage Site.


Route of Santiago de Compostela near Castrojeriz, Spain
Route of Santiago de Compostela near Castrojeriz, Spain
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The Route of Santiago de Compostela is the way taken by Christian pilgrimages since medieval times to reach the city of Santiago de Compostela, in the autonomous community of Galicia, to pay homage to the remains of St. James, which is enshrined at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Any path to Santiago de Compostela constitute a pilgrim's path. However, the commonly used route considered by the Spanish takes the Pyrenees as the starting point. This starts along the French border at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port or Somport, on the French Pyrennes, or at Roncesvalles or Jaca on the Spanish side. From Roncesvalles to Santiago de Compostella, via León, the route covers a distance of 800 km and passes through some 1,800 religious and secular buildings of historic interest.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Route of Santiago de Compostela was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 17th session of the World Heritage Committee in Cartagena, Colombia, on 6 - 11 December, 1993.

Location: N42 27 33.012 W5 52 59.988 in the Autonomous Communities of Aragon, Navarre, la Rioja, Castille-Leon and Galicia.
Inscription Year: 1993
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV, VI
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