Legend holds that St. James’ remains were being carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain when a heavy storm hit the ship, and the body was lost in the ocean. After time, the body washed ashore undamaged, covered in scallops shells. His remains were buried on the site of what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela.
The scallop shell, often found on the surrounding shores, has long been the symbol of the Camino de Santiago. From its grooves representing the various routes pilgrims travel, to a means for gathering water, the scallop shell has taken on mythical, metaphorical and practical meanings over the centuries.
Today tens of thousands of travelers set out each year to Santiago de Compostela. I plan to be one of them.Learn more
Pilgrimage to El Camino Santiago, Spain
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