The Camino de Santiago de Compostela, also known as the Way of St. James, is a pilgrimage route that leads to the shrine of the apostle St. James in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain.
The origins of the Camino de Santiago date back to the early 9th century when the tomb of St. James was discovered in the area. According to legend, St. James had traveled to Spain to spread the message of Christianity but was martyred and beheaded by the Romans in the town of Iria Flavia, near what is now Santiago de Compostela.
The discovery of the tomb of St. James led to the establishment of a Christian pilgrimage route to the site, which became one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Europe during the Middle Ages. The route became known as the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James.
Over the centuries, the Camino de Santiago has been traveled by millions of pilgrims from all over the world, who have come to Santiago de Compostela seeking spiritual fulfillment, redemption, and a sense of adventure. Today, the Camino de Santiago continues to be a popular pilgrimage route, and its cultural and historical significance has been recognized by UNESCO, which has designated it as a World Heritage Site.