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