Santiago de Compostela Tour, let yourself be taken in the ways of Santiago and discover one of the greatest centers of pilgrimage in the Iberian Peninsula, starting and ending in Oporto, completely tailor made.
|PLACE OF DEPARTURE||Hotel / Apartment, Oporto|
|TIME OF DEPARTURE||8:30 AM|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:00 PM in the afternoon.|
According to Catholic tradition, it was the Apostle James Major who spread Christianity in the Iberian peninsula and was beheaded in Jerusalem by order of Herod Agrippa I (grandson of Herod the Great) and his remains were later transferred to Galicia in a boat of stone. Due to the persecutions of the Romans to the Christians of Hispania, his tomb was abandoned in the third century.
According to legend, this tomb was discovered in the second decade of the 9th century by the hermit Pelagius (or Paio) after sighting strange lights in the sky at night. Having communicated the discovery to the bishop of Iria Flavia, Teodomiro, he acknowledged the feat as a miracle and reported on the discovery of King Alfonso II of Asturias and Galicia. The king ordered the construction of a chapel at the burial place, dedicated to the worship of the apostle. Legend has it that the king was the first pilgrim of the sanctuary. The chapel was replaced by a first church in 829, which gave way in 899 to another, in pre-Romanesque style. The latter was built from 872 by order of Afonso III and was consecrated by seventeen bishops.
The place became a pilgrimage destination whose popularity and importance was gradually increasing.
It will be given a brief description of what the day will be and the possibility to chose another place to visit in between Viana do Castelo or Valenca do Minho since our tour is private and completely tailor made.
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Valenca located in the Spanish border, separated only by the Minho river, through Valença passed Celts, Romans, Suevos and Arabs, a history dating back to the Iron Age, visit to its 17th century fort is a must, as well as the purchase of a boyfriend’s handkerchief.
Not to be missed is the smokestack created to solve the problem of the smell of pilgrims who didn’t washed them selves for years during the pilgrimage, this is the largest piece of the world of this type and is 1.60 m tall and weighs 80 kg hung by a rope with 30 meters of length being need eight men to shake it.