Shell motif Camino de Santiago

Camino del Norte
from Irún to
Santiago de Compostela

Shell motif
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Day 47: Labacolla to Santiago de Compostela

This was the earliest start so far because I wanted my first sight of the Cathedral to be at a quiet time

Church at Labacolla

First glimpse of Santiago in the early light

It was with mixed feelings I passed the town sign

This type of camino sign was new to me

The end of my journey, I arrive in Praza do Obradoiro

Obradoiro facade of the Cathedral of Santiago

Entrance to the Cathedral from Praza das Praterias

The Holy Door entrance in Praza da Quintana

The door is only open in a Holy Year, when the Feastday of St James (25th July) falls on a Sunday. The next Holy Year is 2010

At some masses (including the Pilgrim Mass), the huge crucible of incense is swung over the pilgrims and almost touches the high ceiling (above & left)