A dozen monuments along the French Camino light up in blue to celebrate 25 years as World Heritage

  • The Regional Ministry of Culture and Tourism celebrates this important event in a special way along the Jacobean Route every night from today until 11 December
  • This initiative includes the church of Santa Maria a Real do Cebreiro, San Salvador de Sarria, San Nicolas de Portomarin, San Pedro de Melide, the Capela de Animas chapel and the church of San Bieito of Santiago de Compostela, the Cathedral and the Hejduk towers

Santiago de Compostela, 06 December 2018

Today, the Regional Ministry of Culture and Tourism begins the commemorative events for the 25th anniversary of the inclusion of the French Camino in the tentative UNESCO World Heritage List. The celebration will include various events and initiatives not only in Santiago de Compostela, the destination of the pilgrimage, but along the Camino de Santiago. Thus, from this Wednesday and until the 11th, close to a dozen monuments of the Jacobean Route will illuminate to join this celebration.

All of them will change their usual light installation and will bear the characteristic colours of the Camino de Santiago. Every night for six days, they will be lit up in blue tones and the popular yellow arrow will be projected onto them, the symbol that guides the pilgrims in the different itineraries and that was key in the contemporary recovery of this phenomenon.

This special event will take place in several of the most emblematic monuments of the French Camino, in different municipalities, making the commemoration global. In particular, it can be seen in the church of Santa Maria a Real do Cebreiro, in San Salvador de Sarria, in San Nicolas de Portomarin and San Pedro de Melide. In addition, in the capital of Compostela, the Capela de Animas chapel, the church of San Bieito do Campo, the tower of the Berengaria of the Cathedral, on its façade of the plaza de Praterías square, and the Hejduk towers of the Cidade da Cultura will be lit up.

Galicians and pilgrims can also participate in an anniversary that marked a before and after for the Camino de Santiago, until its current dimension and recognition, as one of the most universal pilgrimage routes that decisively contributed to the protection and preservation of its heritage and the socio-economic development of the Region.

The scope of its declaration as a World Heritage site was expanded in 2015, when the Caminos of the North were also recognised, which have two variants in Galicia, the coastal and inland, including several of its most unique monuments in the protection.

Over 325,000 pilgrims

The French Camino remains the most travelled route. Of the more than 325,000 pilgrims who received their Compostela this year, close to 57%, that is to say, more than 185,000, chose the French Camino. Most of them, 53 %, were foreigners from countries such as Italy, the United States, Germany, France, Ireland, Korea, the United Kingdom, Australia and Brazil.