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St. James’s Way, Camino de Santiago

St. James’s Way, Camino de Santiago

For centuries one of the most important sanctuaries of Europe was Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. The tomb of St. James the Apostle located there attracted pilgrims from the farthest corners of the continent. Today, the Małopolska Voivodeship features several variants of the routes to Santiago de Compostela: the trail along the former Via Regia (Pilzno – Tuchów – Tarnów – Krakow), the Małopolska Way of St. James (Sandomierz – Krakow – Cieszyn), and the Beskid Mountain Way of St. James (Wadowice – Beskid Mały – Cieszyn). Two more trails across Małopolska are to be created in the future. All Ways of St. James share the symbol: the scallop shell, which has constituted the symbol of pilgrims wandering to Santiago de Compostela since the Middle Ages.

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