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Pilgrimage city for over 1,000 years.

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Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Photo by author.

Recommended hotel in Santiago de Compostela : "Reyes Catolicos" (Parador).  Built for pilgrims by Ferdinand and Isabel, this is said to be the oldest hotel in the world.  I have stayed there, and it is magnificent.

FAX: 011-34-981-56-30-94

PHONE: 011-34-981-58-22-00

http://www.parador.es/ingles/85clicks/sant/santpaning.htm

This is the web camera from Obrdoiro Square in Santiago de Compostela.  It probably is raining!

http://www.crtvg.es/ingles/camweb/camweb.html

I cannot begin to describe what a short visit to this city in 2000 has meant in my life.  Suffice it to say, it was a deeply moving spiritual experience, one that has had a lasting influence on me.  I have resolved to return again as a pilgrim, after having walked the whole pilgrimage trail from the Pyrenee Mountains to this Celtic corner of the Spain.

For information about the pilgrimage, I suggest that you visit the site of the Instituto Cervantes.  Even though it is in Spanish, you can follow the various stages "etapas" of the pilgrimage by clicking on the towns and get a feel for the riches of Spanish culture along the way:

http://cvc.cervantes.es/actcult/camino_santiago/

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Parador of Santiago de Compostela. Photo by author.

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Sculptures from the Doorway of Glory. Photo by author.

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"La Tuna," student music group. Photo by author.