OLSA: Santiago de Compostela

Posted by on May 7, 2016 in Exhibitions, News | 0 comments

OLSA: Santiago de Compostela

Every year over 100 000 people make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. This phrase may be literally translated as St James of the Field of Stars – and relates to the story of how the tomb of St James was found.

It is said that St James preached in Spain before returning to the Holy Land where he met his death as a martyr on the orders of King Herod Agrippa. He was beheaded and his body was thrown outside the city walls – his supporters retrieved it and managed to take it to Jaffa, whence it was miraculously transported across the sea to Galicia in a stone boat.

It was undiscovered for over 800 years until a hermit, Pelagius, saw a lights in the forest and informed the local bishop, Theodemar who was led to the tomb of St James (the Greater) by a star – from where the expression field of stars is derived.

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