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For over a thousand years, pilgrims throughout the world have traveled to the Cathedral of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, where many people believe the body of St. James the Apostle is entombed. Pilgrims or peregrinos, as they are called on the Camino, walk on ancient paths or Caminos following yellow arrows and scallop shells, which ultimately lead them to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Santiago de Compostela in NW Spain. During their pilgrimage, they are afforded great respect and kindness by the locals as they pass by.
Believers say that after the resurrection of Jesus his 12 apostles were sent out around the globe to preach Christianity. One of the first disciples to join Jesus was James, who traveled to Spain but he was not welcomed and ultimately returned to the Holy Land . He is believed to have been martyred in 44 AD by King Herod Agrippa in Jerusalem.
Tradition says that his body was then placed in a small boat and later discovered on a beach in Galicia, Spain, covered in scallop shells. He was secretly laid to rest in Galicia where he was forgotten. Approximately 800 years later, his burial site was re-discovered and his shrine became one of the most important Christian pilgrimages in the world.
The Way of St. James, or as it is widely known El Camino Santiago de Compostela is popular with religious and nonreligious people alike. Many different Camino routes towards Santiago can be are found in Spain, Italy, France, Israel, and magnificent Portugal.
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