Route of Santiago de Compostela (1993)
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Santiago de Compostela was proclaimed the first European Cultural itinerary by the Council of Europe in 1987. This route from the French-Spanish border was – and still is – taken by pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela. Some 1,800 buildings along the route, both religious and secular, are of great historic interest. The route played a fundamental role in encouraging cultural exchanges between the Iberian peninsula and the rest of Europe during the Middle Ages. It remains a testimony to the power of the Christian faith among people of all social classes and from all over Europe. 

Spain 1995. Route of Santiago de Compostela. Statue of the Apostle Jacob (11th century).

Spain 1965. The Holy Year of Santiago de Compostela. Pilgrim (1 peseta) Spain 1965. The Holy Year of Santiago de Compostela. Pilgrim (2 pesetas)

In 1971 the Spanish Post Office issued three sets of stamps, dedicated to The Holy Year of Santiago de Compostela. For collectors who are interested in these sets, I give here the catalogue numbers:

4th January 1971. Set of 6 stamps, Michel # 1903-1908, 
featuring the pilgrim routes of France, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, and Sweden.

24th July 1971. Set of 7 stamps, Michel # 1942-1948, 
featuring the Spanish pilgrim routes and the major towns on the route, Burgos, Logrono, and Navarra.

30th December 1971. Set of 8 stamps, Michel # 1958-1965, 
featuring 8 stamps from the Spanish pilgrim routes and the towns of Lugo, Villafranca del Bierzo, Astorga, Monastery of San Marcos, Sahagún, and Frómista. 

See also Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France (on this site), and The Old City of Santiago de Compostela (on this site)

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Other World Heritage Sites in Spain (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Spain-section, for further information on the individual properties. 

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