Camí de Sant Jaume
The Camí de Sant Jaume in Catalunya
northern route of the Camí Sant Jaume continues from Alfarrás to Monzón
(36 km.), Pertusa (31 km.), Fañanás (16 km.) Huesca (14 km.), Aniés
(24 km.), Est. Sta Ma.de la Peña (23 km.) and San Juan de la Peña
(28 km.) where it links up with the Camino Aragonés
The southern route of the Camí Sant Jaume continues from Alcarrás to Fraga (24 km.),Candasnos (20 km.), Bujaraloz (20 km.) Fuentes de Ebro (45 km.), Zaragoza (25 km.), Torres de Bernelién (18 km.), Galliúr (24 km.), Tudela (31 km.), Alfaro (19 km.), Calahorna (22 km.), Alcanadra (18 km.) and Logroño (27 km.) where it links up with the Camino Francés
The Way of Saint James in Catalonia
Catalonia, for its geographic location, has always been a privileged front door of all the military, ideological and cultural waves that came from the other part of the Pyrenees. If we look at it from a purely geographic logic, through Catalonia should have passed one of the more important European branches of the Way of Saint James. With its recovery, the objective established in the Strategic Plan 2005-2010 has been accomplished.
The recovery of the paths which start from the Coll de Panissars, on the French border, to Alcarràs, from El Port de la Selva to Figueres, from Tàrrega to Alfarràs, from Barcelona to Montserrat, from Tarragona to Bellpuig and from Lleida and Tortosa to Batea enhances the tourist value of these cities, places and interior regions that have a monumental and cultural heritage of first level but so far have not been sufficiently known from a touristy point of view.
The Way of St. James has been considered "cultural property" and recognized as the "first major European tour" by the European Institute of Cultural Routes, subscribed to the Council of Europe. Its main branches have been also declared "World Heritage sites" by UNESCO.
Origins of the pilgrimage
The history of the Way of Sant Jaume goes back at the beginning of the 9th century (year 814) moment of the discovery of the tomb of the evangelical apostle of the Iberian Peninsula. Since this discovery, Santiago de Compostela becomes a peregrination point of the entire European continent.
The Way was defined then by the net of Roman routes that joined the neuralgic points of the Peninsula. The impressive human flow that from very soon went towards Galicia made quickly appear lots of hospitals, churches, monasteries, abbeys and towns around the route. During the 14th century the pilgrimage began to decay, fact brought by the wars, the epidemics and the natural catastrophes.
The recovery of the route begins at the end of the 19th century, but it is during the last quarter of the 20th century when the authentic contemporary resurge of the peregrination takes place. There is no doubt that the social, tourist, cultural or sport components have had a great importance in the "jacobea" revitalization but we cannot forget that the route has gained its prestige thanks to its spiritual value.
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