Art along the El Camino de Santiago Part 2 – April 7th

The Camino de Santiago, the most popular pilgrimage route from the Early Middle Ages onwards- has experienced quite recently a revival. More than 250,000 peregrinos travel the Way of Saint James each year from all over the world. The reasons are very personal, and everyone experiences the journey in a different way. 2021 has been an important date because it’s a Jacobean Year, or Holy Year of Compostela. For those who walk the Camino with religion in mind, this event holds special significance. And due to the COVID -19 pandemic the Pope announced that it was to be extended to include 2022.

Actually, there is no one camino but many. One could even say that there’s one for each pilgrim, because el camino starts at home. Some of these ways have gained recognition as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO because of their significance for the history of humanity. The way of Saint James has been called a “highway of knowledge”, as it contributed to disseminate Romanesque art, Gothic cathedrals, the medieval lyrical poetry of the cantigas and the epic poetry of the chansons de geste. During our two sessions we’ll have the opportunity to discover some aspects of these grand cultural and artistic movements which were arising in Europe, and much more….

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Part 2 on Thursday April 7th at 12 noon will cover:

Astorga, Gaudí and chocolate

O Cebreiro, the magical village

Santiago de Compostela and the Pórtico de la Gloria, adorned with sculptures unrivalled in Europe

et Ultreia! towards Muxía and Fisterra

We’ll also dedicate part of our session to some of the symbols related in one way or another to the Way. “Caminante no hay camino, se hace camino al andar” – wrote the poet Antonio Machado: “Traveler, there is no road; you make your own path as you walk.”. From early times, many pilgrims conceived the Camino as a rite of passage, that represented our journey through life, full of happy moments but also of problems and failures. Many of these symbols are linked to the Catholic tradition, but other ones go further back in time to Celtic or Roman origins.

 

To register and buy your ticket to this virtual event, please click HERE.  Tickets are $25 per lecture.   If you want to view the lecture in small groups, there is only one ticket cost per computer link.