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The Way of St. James (El Camino de Santiago) is a well-known road among pilgrims from different countries that leads to the burial place of the Apostle James. His grave and relics are located right here in the city Santiago de Compostela. The main part of this legendary route runs through the northern part of Spain. The Way of Saint James is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Thousands of pilgrims come here every year to follow this path, which is a great Catholic shrine.
Saint James is considered the heavenly patron of Spain, and Santiago de Compostela is called by many as the “Christian Mecca”. In the XII century in order to ensure the protection of pilgrims from the more frequent attacks of robbers, the military knightly order of St. James was established.
In the Middle Ages, pilgrims marching in the dark, guided by the Milky Way, which in Spain is called the 'Way of Saint James'. The symbol of this saint is the seashell. Images of shells can be found all along the pilgrimage route.
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Topic: The Way of St. James in Spain.