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Way of St. James
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The Way of St. James is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together in Santiago de Compostela that exists since the ninth century.
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The Way of St. James is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together in Santiago de Compostela that exists since the ninth century.

The Way of St. James reached its height in the eleventh and twelfth centuries but in recent decades regained prominence, being converted not only on a spiritual journey but also in a cultural journey of first order and was declared a World Heritage Site. The routes are spread throughout Europe and millions of people came from all over the world to walk in them.
In 1980 about 700 people walked the Way and since then the number has risen each year until reaching 270,000 in 2010 and everything points that it continues to grow from year to year. And after years forgotten and abandoned many routes and side branches are now currently re-established and frequently traveled by thousands of pilgrims.

One of the inspirations for the creation of this category was the film The Way starring Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez that also wrote and directed it, and that has as a central "character" the Way of St. James. The movie is the story of a father who goes to France following the death of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees during a storm while walking the Way of St. James, his purpose is initially to retrieve his son's body, however, in a combination of grief and homage to his son, he decides to walk the ancient spiritual trail where his son died.

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For centuries that the scallop is the symbol of the Way of St. James, and its pilgrims. The variants of the symbolized shell can be found in almost all things related to the Way of St. James. Besides the one you can see in the map above below you can see more examples.

  Symbol 2  Symbol 3


As the Way of St. James crosses several countries the name will vary depending on the language spoken at the site, below you can see the name of some of languages:
Caminho de Santiago; Camiño de Santiago; Camino de Santiago; Camí de Sant Jaume; Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle; Donejakue bidea; Cammino di Santiago di Compostela; Jakobsweg; Svatojakubská cesta.

This category aims to Waymark Way Markers, Historical / Information Markers, Monuments to the Way of St. James, Fountains and Pilgrims Hostels related to the the Way of St. James (and not St. James). These are easily identifiable because they contain the symbol or the name of the Way of St. James. Below you can see some examples of what is accepted in the category.

"Please try to submit interesting waymarks to make this an interesting category, thank you."

Way Markers Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4
Historical / Information Markers Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4
Monuments Example 1 Example 2 Example 3  Example 4
Pilgrims Hostels Example 1 Example 2 Example 3
 
 
Fountains Example 1 Example 2 Example 3
 
Example 4

Stickers are not accepted in the category. Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4


For more information about the Way of St. James you can visit the wikipedia page about it here.
If you have any questions please visit the category topic in the Waymarking Forums here.
Instructions for Posting a Way of St. James Waymark:

Coordinates
The coordinates must be taken by you on the site.

Photos
Please provide at least two different good quality daylight photos, one close-up of the object and one showing it in the surrounding area. More pictures are always appreciated.

Description
- Describe the object and its history; include as many information as you can get in the long description.
- Use the short description field for a summary of your text.
- Citations are allowed, but must be clearly declared, including the source.
- If there is text in what is being waymarked you must include the text in the long description and if the text is not in English you must add a English translation.
- The descriptions must be in English, if you want you can add other languages.
- Waymarks without Long/Detailed Description will not be accepted.

Waymark Name
You must make every attempt to following the naming convention: Waymark Name - City, State, Country

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
-Please provide a photo you have taken of the site.

-Tell us something about your visit! Did you travel the Way of St. James?
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