??? Statue of the blessed Mary in the middle of secluded mountain chains in the French parts of the Pyrenees.
I am posting this beautiful and powerful photo (viewed larger is better) this picture was taken on the Way Of St.James Route from Saint-Jean-Pied-De-Port on the French side to Santiago De Compostela in Spain you need to do 100 kl walk on foot that is needed to get the certificate.
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Pilgrims on the Way of St. James walk for weeks or months to visit the city of Santiago de Compostela. They can follow many routes (any path to Santiago is a pilgrim’s path) but the most popular route is the French Way or Camino Francés; the most common starting points are cities in Spain situated along this route. Historically, most of the pilgrims came from France, due to the Codex Calixtinus. For this reason, the Spanish consider the Pyrenees the starting point. Common starting points along the French border are Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port or Somport on the French side of the Pyrenees and Roncesvalles or Jaca on the Spanish side.
The compostela is a certificate of accomplishment given to pilgrims on completing the Way. To earn the compostela one needs to walk a minimum of 100 km (cyclists must cycle at least 200 km). In practice for walkers, that means starting in the small city of Sarria, for it has good transportation connections via bus and rail to other places in Spain. Pilgrims arriving in Santiago de Compostela who have walked at least the last 100 km, or cycled 200 km to get there (as indicated on their credential), are eligible for this compostela certificat from the Pilgrim’s Office in Santiago.
Good to buy for religius card, first communion, Ester, etc…
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