By William J. Bonville
A Traveler's street to Heaven; provides ancient and cultural meat to the bones of the hiker s fortunately convivial El Camino event. Of much more import, the publication allows that have for the visitor who yearns to direction El Camino de Santiago yet is bodily incapable of dealing with the pains of jogging the 8 hundred kilometers of ways. For others, it turns a touristy lark among the operating of the bulls in Pamplona, and encountering St. James at grasp Mateo s Portico de los angeles Gloria, right into a sharing of the after El Camino adventure that the hiker cum pilgrim usually claims taken with himself.
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Additional info for A Traveler's Highway to Heaven: Exploring the History & Culture of Northern Spain on El Camino de Santiago
A doorway to the right leads through the cloister to the former chapter house, now known as the Chapel of St. Augustine. Both cloister and chapter house date from the fourteenth century. The cloister is a heavy early Gothic, almost oppressive in mood because of its ponderous construction. Note the small, smooth faced river-bed stones set in the floor as a mosaic design. Although a modern restoration, this is characteristic of the period, and is a style of paving we will see repeated many times as we journey west to Santiago.
In the early Reconquest, once the kings of Asturias and Navarra had moved down from the mountains and made secure what became the Way of St. James, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims came each year from the French side of the Pyrenees. Because of them the Way of St. " At the peak of the vogue of pilgrimage, in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, Pilgrims came in astonishing numbers, at times more than a million strong in a single year. This occurred during a period when the entire population of Western Europe probably was comprised of less than fifty million souls.
It was regarded by the Navarrans as the spiritual cradle of their land and the sacred seat of their success in the Reconquista. From there we follow the pilgrim track westward to a town called Puente de la Reina, Queen's Bridge. There the Navarran and Aragonese roads join on the Way to Santiago de Compostela. Going by automobile, best practice often is to stay at hotels outside the large cities because of parking difficulties associated with city-center hotels. Valet service at the four- and five-star hotels precludes that sort of problem if your budget can afford the tariffs.