Camino De Santiago Trail: 12 Santiago Compostela By Steven Garcia, Joel Anderson, 2023

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The Camino de Santiago is more than just one of the longest hiking trails in the world, one that attracts people from all across the planet to hike it. The Camino (“Path” in Spanish) is also a religious pilgrimage. It’s also been called the Way of St. James, as it is a network of pilgrimage paths that all lead to the tomb of the apostle James in Santiago de Compostela, in Spain. The Camino is made up of several different paths, many that travel across Spain and some that begin in France. In fact, the most frequently traveled route is the Camino Francés, which stretches 774 km (nearly 500 miles) from St. Jean-Pied-du-Port near Biarritz in France to Santiago in Spain. When describing the Camino, it’s best to use an analogy. Because the trail system is actually a huge network of trails that all lead to one central point, it’s easily imagined as a network of creeks that lead into streams, which lead into rivers, which eventually all come together in one large canal that empties into a huge lake or ocean (Santiago). Another aspect that makes the Camino unique is just how old it is. Unlike modern hiking trails that may be just a few decades old, the Camino has been in use since the middle ages. Young and old, from backgrounds, ethnicities, and faiths across the planet, many travelers come to the Camino and have spiritual experiences along the way as they meet other pilgrims, attend masses in churches, monasteries, and cathedrals, and enjoy the hospitality and infrastructure provided for pilgrims over many centuries. Anderson Design Group created a series of vintage-styled posters and travel art celebrating the Camino de Santiago, original illustrations and vintage world travel art that pay tribute to the deep history and spiritual significance of the Camino de Santiago. Each of these renditions are available as posters, prints, mini canvases, postcards, notecards, and metal signs. This twelfth poster in this series depicts Santiago de Compostela, the capital of northwest Spain’s Galicia region. It’s known as the culmination of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, and the alleged burial site of the Biblical apostle St. James. His remains are believed to lie within the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela, consecrated in 1211, whose elaborately carved stone facades open onto grand plazas within the medieval walls of the old town. For more than a thousand years, Christian pilgrims have traveled the trail across the north of Spain just to peer up at the facade of this glorious cathedral. For the ultimate guide to the Camino de Santiago, visit the website Stingy Nomads.

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