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What to take to the road to Santiago

The Apostle James the Great was executed by order of King Herod in the year 44. As it was forbidden to be buried, two of his disciples sailed with the body through the Mediterranean and beyond in search of a place to burial. Legend has it that when they sailed near Galicia, a terrible storm struck them. A gentleman passing by the nearby shore saw that the boat was in danger and threw himself into the sea with his horse to aid them. After this show of courage, resurfaced from the waters covered with scallops and the storm dissipated. The disciples saw a sign in this phenomenon and decided to bury the apostle in those lands. The boat docked in the town of Padrón and in this locality you can still see the stone where the boat carrying the remains of the apostle was moored.

Much later, in the year 881, a hermit named Pelayo saw at night strange lights accompanied by songs of angels over a forest. He told the bishop of Galicia, who was called Teodomiro, and when digging in the place, found the tomb of the saint. When the news was announced, the king had a church built in that place. The news that the relics were there spread and the faithful began to pilgrimage to pray before the tomb of the apostle Santiago. This gave rise to the population of Santiago and, at the same time, the , a pilgrimage route that was very busy during the Middle Ages and which thousands of people are still traveling for religious or other reasons.

By Alex Becker