The discovery of the tomb of James the Greater at the beginning of the 9th century, near Iria Flavia at the north-west of the Iberian peninsula, gave birth to one of the three great pilgrimages of Christianity. Although the figure of the Matamoros drove the actors of the Reconquista, pilgrims travelled to the apostle?s tomb in order to pray. From all over Europe, men, women and children, nobles and peasants, clerics and trollops, journeyed along the routes to Compostela, their only provisions their staffs, their gourds, and their scrips. And in the soil of the tremendous faith of these walkers for God, the roots of a European Consciousness took hold.
At the dawn of the 9th century, a star appeared in the skies above Galicia. It led to the discovery of the tomb of James the Great, the apostle of Christ. In the 12th century, the Field of the Star became Compostela, one of the three great (...)
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