The early pilgrimage times The grave site in Santiago de Compostela developed into the third main destination of Christian pilgrimage in the Middle Ages, alongside Rome and Jerusalem. In the course of the 12th century, the cathedral chapter of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela understood how to integrate the redemption theological teachings of the early scholasticism into its pastoral work, even before Rome and other pilgrimage centers. A reconciling Christ was conveyed to the people in a simple message that everyone understood, whose work may be bestowed on the people through the intercession of St. James. Later this pastoral concept was underpinned by the introduction of indulgences and holy years modeled on Rome.
Since the 1970s, pilgrimage on the Way of St. James has seen a great boom. In 1982 Pope John Paul II visited Santiago de Compostela and called on the old continent to revive its roots as part of a large “Europe celebration”. In 1987 the Council of Europe declared the route to be the first European cultural route. At that time a good 3,000 pilgrims per year were registered, in 2003 there were over 74,000 from all over the world. In 2004, in the Compostelan Holy Year, 179,932 came. You have covered either the whole way or the way through Spain, but at least the last 100 kilometers of the route on foot or on horseback or the last 200 kilometers by bike. This is recorded with stamps from individual stations in a pilgrim's pass and entitles you to use the inexpensive pilgrims' hostels and to wear the corresponding badges. In Santiago the pilgrims receive a certificate, the Compostela.
Xacobeo Homepage of the Galician government on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Definitely worth seeing! All information about the Camino de Santiago (history, hostels, webcams).
Pilgern We know pilgrimages from all religions and cultures in all parts of the world at all times. These pages deal with pilgrimage as we know it from the Way of St. James.
Jakobsgemeinschaft Tirol The platform and information point for all Tyrolean pilgrim friends.
The Jakobsweg Tyrol leads from Kufstein or Lofer (Salzburg) through the Inn Valley to St. Anton am Arlberg. A second route invites you to hike through East Tyrol. The trails have connections to Bavaria, Vorarlberg, Switzerland or South Tyrol/Italy. On your tour through Tyrol you will get to know the mountain world of the Alps and the lush landscapes of the Inn Valley. Nature experiences of a special kind are guaranteed. The special hospitality and quality distinguish Tyrol.