Chapter Twenty - Santiago de Compostela
Trip Start Jun 18, 2013
40Trip End Aug 20, 2013
The historical centre of Santiago is fascinating with its narrow winding lanes and multitude of churches. It seems that the only thing they ever spent money on in the Middle Ages was on churches. The cathedral of Santiago is of course amazing, but aren't they all?
Of course the most interesting thing about this city is the proliferation of modern pilgrims arriving on the Camino de Santiago, or The Way of St
In the main square, Praza do Obradoiro, the pilgrims lay about after their long travail. At the beginning of their journey they are issued a “passport” and must get stamps along the way. The last stamp is in Santiago, and only when they present their completed passport are they officially recognized as true pilgrims.
We also witness a worker’s demonstration in the Praza. We have all been told to keep clear of meetings, especially as the police presence looks menacing. But you can’t stop Miryam, who joins the procession calling for the rights of the worker’s.
As we are passing by the Universidad, we are invited to attend a concert offered by the School of Music. The main hall of the university is impressive, and we enjoy our classical break from the routine.