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Camino Primiitivo de Santiago 1
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“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures” - Thornton Wilder Camino Primitivo de Santiago El Camino de Santiago The Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago is not a single route but rather a combination of possible itineraries featuring many points of departure the pilgrims’ own dwellings for example with a common destination, namely the Apostle Saint James’ sepulcher in Santiago. Those who journey along the Route with the intention of reaching Santiago can be called spiritual travelers, or even sacred wayfarers. Camino Primitivo de Santiago Camino Primitivo de Santiago (Primitive or Original Way) was the first pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela (meaning holy place). This route was originally taken by King Alfonso II the Chaste in the 9th century to visit the tomb of James the Apostle when it was first discovered in 814 AD by the hermit Pelayo. At that time, nearly the entire Iberian Peninsula was under the Caliphs’ rule, except for a tiny Christian kingdom remained unconquered because it was protected by the mountains of Asturias. Peregrinos started the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela following the to perform the purification ritual, consisting of burning their clothing and bathing in the sea. So begins “life’s renewal.” Lugo is the only city in the world surrounded by a totally intact complex of Roman walls, which reach a height of 30 to 45 feet with 71 towers and ten gates, dating to the 3rd Century. Saint James the “Moor Slayer” above Porta Mina, the Pilgrims’ Exit Gate from Lugo Puente Romano de Lugo - Roman Bridge in Lugo C:\Users\Ted\AppData\Local\Temp\SNAGHTML78f8c1a5.PNG “The Way to Santiago is as life itself…when you arrive you realize that you have to keep walking towards Saint James, towards your inner self, towards God. This will only be finished when the life that we enjoy day by day comes to an end.” Some Hemingway Stuff: In the last two pages of Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel The Sun Also Rises, Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley dine at Casa Botin’s in Madrid, “one of the best restaurants in the world.” They “had roast young suckling pig and drank rioja alta.” Jake “drank bottles of rioja alta.” Hemingway also visited the old Rioja bodega of Federico Paternina on many occasions during his frequent trips to Spain over many years. Having roasted young suckling pig at Casa Botin’s for the third time…