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Views Along the Way of St. James at the Spanish Embassy in Berlin
May 13th, 2014
News from Berlin - Tonight May 13th, the Spanish Embassy in Berlin is opening the exhibition ‘Ansichten entlang des Jacobswegs’ (Views along the Way of St. James) at 7pm, celebrating the culture and beauty of the Way of St. James. Fourteen photographers are presenting their work dedicated to one of the most famous Christian pilgrimages. The Way of St. James was declared the first European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe, and was also named one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Usually it’s starting point is one’s home, ending at Santiago de Compostela.
According to legend, St. James’s relics were carried by a boat from Jerusalem to the Iberian Peninsula and he was buried in what is today the city of Santiago de Compostela. There are various pilgrimage routes that one can travel in order to reach the tomb of St. James. The grooves of a scallop shell, the symbol of the Camino de Santiago, metaphorically stand for all these routes. The main one follows an earlier Roman trade route, which continues to the Atlantic coast of Galicia, ending at Cape Finisterrae. In Latin, Finisterrae means “Land’s End” and the Romans viewed it as the western-most point of mainland Europe.
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