The Final Steps on the Camino

For hundreds of years pilgrims on the French Way of the Camino walked 500 miles from St. Jean Pied de Port in France to the marketplace on top of the hill in Santiago. Then they would walk down a narrow street to the north entrance of the cathedral and their pilgrimage would come to an end. Come with me as we follow the peregrinos and peregrinas down the final steps of their journey.

The little church known as Igrexa de San Bieito do Campo sits on top of the hill at the Praza de Cervantes. Our hotel was down the alley a block behind the church.

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The marketplace is now called Praza de Cervantes and the narrow street is called Rua da Acibecheria.

Praza de Cervantes.

There are several souvenir shops on the Rua da Acibecheria and I think my wife shopped in all of the them! There’s also a gelato shop, several cafes and an albergue or two.

Walking down Rua da Acibecheria.

Window display at one of many souvenir shops on the way.

Damajuana is a popular tapas bar and restaurant.

The yellow arrow points to the Azabache albergue.

This souvenir shop is just a couple of doors up from the cathedral. I think it was my wife’s favorite — she bought a lot of stuff here.

The monastery of San Martino Pinario is now a seminary and also a hotel during the summer months.

The Rua da Acibecheria ends at Praza da Inmaculada with the Monastery of San Martiño Pinario and its gardens on the right (north) and the north entrance to the cathedral on the left (south). It was in front of the main entrance to the monastery where we met Mahatma Gandhi one day (see here).

Ta-da! The view at the end of Rua da Acibecheria of the north entrance to  the Santiago Cathedral.

The Romanesque north facade of the cathedral was built in the 12th century but demolished in the 18th century and replaced with this baroque facade. The Romanesque facades on the other three sides of the cathedral are still there but the east and west facades are concealed by the baroque facades that were constructed a few feet outside the old facades. The cathedral’s south facade is still Romanesque. The sculpture on the second level above represents Faith

If you continue walking westward through the archway of the building adjacent to the church you will reach the large Praza do Obradoiro and the west entrance to the cathedral. Or you can walk around the east entrances to the cathedral to Praza das Platerias and the south entrance which is nowadays the main entrance (more on that in a future posting). That’s what we did on our Saturday morning in Santiago when we attended the Pilgrim’s Mass which starts at noon every day of the year. I’ll have more on the Pilgrim’s Mass in my next posting.


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3 Responses to The Final Steps on the Camino

  1. disperser says:

    Interesting souvenier windows. It’s also interesting to me how “close” the open space seem relative to the size of the buildings. It looks like there should be more space between the buildings and even in the second-to-last shot where the small plaza-like area looks closed in by the buildings.

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