- The institution promoted knowledge of and publicisation of the Way of Saint James, making it the first Cultural Route of the Council of Europe in 1987 and promoting the Jacobean values as common European heritage
- More and more pilgrims travel the Way’s various branches; it is predicted that 350,000 pilgrims will have taken the Way of Saint James by the end of this year
Santiago de Compostela, 24 October 2019
At the Galician Council’s press conference today, the President of the Galician Government, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, announced that the Council of Europe was being recognised as Ambassador of the Way of Saint James. This title was created in 2013 to distinguish the work of individuals and institutions that have contributed to raising awareness and publicising the path and its values.
In the case of the Council of Europe, the institution was recognised for its key role in publicising, promoting and raising awareness of the Jacobean Route and the values associated with it. In fact, Feijóo stated, the institution declared the Way to be the first Cultural Route of the Council of Europe in 1987 and promoted the Jacobean values as common European heritage.
Later, and after specifying that it is the institutions and people who truly maintain the Way’s validity, Feijóo highlighted the fact that more and more pilgrims are taking the different routes to Santiago de Compostela. So much so, he stressed, that the latest data state that 328,892 pilgrims have arrived at Compostela this year, already exceeding the figure for the whole of 2018. It is predicted that around 350,000 pilgrims will arrive by the end of the year "in the best historic conditions and with optimism leading into Xacobeo 2021", he added.