The legend of the Apostle Saint James – Life & Burial

Sanctus Iacobus, Yago, Iago, Tiago, Thiago (Portuguese), Santyago, Santiago, Xacobo, Xacobe (Galician), Jacob, James (English), Jacques (French), Jaime (Catalan), Giacobo, Giacomo (Italian), Xaume, Jacome, Jaume, Jacobo, Diego, ܝܘܚܢܢ ܫܠܝܚܐ Yohanan Shliha (Aramaic), יוחנן בן זבדי Yohanan Ben Zavdai (Hebrew), Ioannes (Latin)…

The Last Supper of Jesus Christ from Da Vinci

These are all very common names in Christian countries and even though they all sound very different and have distinct spellings, they all have the same meaning and origin. Those names refer to the Apostle Saint James, the Saint Patron of Spain and the Saint Patron of Pilgrims. The Saint that gave his name to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Santiago de Guayaquil in Ecuador, Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Chile, Santiago in the Philippines, Santiago del Estero in Argentina, Santiago de los Caballeros in Guatemala and in Dominican Republic.

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Understanding Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is the capital of northwest Spain’s Galicia region. It’s known as end point of the Camino de Santiago, and the alleged burial site of the apostle Saint James.

Map of Santiago de Compostela
Map of Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela Statistics

Area: 223 km²
Average Weather:  Mild & Humidity, rainy in Winter
Population: 95,800 (2014)
Number of airports: 1
Points of interest: University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Monasterio de San Francisco & San Martín Pinario

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Welcome to Santiago de Compostela

Welcome to Santiago de Compostela, the Sacred City, built stone by stone around the said resting place of the Apostle Saint James.

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela at sunset

The Galician novelist Valle Inclán wrote that: “… of all the old Spanish cities, the one which seems to be trapped in a dream of granite, immutable and eternal is Santiago de Compostela…. although it doesn’t appear ancient, but rather everlasting. But Compostela, in the ecstasy of the pilgrims, unites all its stones in one single evocation. There, the passing hours are just one hour, repeating itself eternally, under a grey rainy sky…”

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