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A MEDIEVAL TRAVELOGUE

THE JOINING OF HEAVEN AND EARTH IS A CONSTANTLY EXPANDING ONLINE GAZETTEER AND INTERACTIVE RESOURCE ON THE ROMANESQUE SCULPTURE OF THE MEDIEVAL PILGRIMAGE ROADS TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

IT CURRENTLY FEATURES 50 ORIGINALLY PRODUCED SHORT  FILMS AND 125 ILLUSTRATED ARTICLES

THE MEDIEVAL WORLD CONSIDERED ITSELF TO BE A CONTINUATION OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE. THAT EMPIRE WAS NOW IN ITS FADING STAGES AND ITS GOLDEN AGE BELONGED TO THE REMOTE PAST. THE CULT OF THE SAINTS THRIVED AND AS THE END TIMES APPROACHED, PILGRIMAGE TO THEIR SHRINES WAS A NECESSARY PRECONDITION NOT ONLY FOR REDEMPTION OF THE INDIVIDUAL BUT FOR ALL OF MANKIND. THE PILGRIMAGE TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA WAS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT OF ALL, FOR IT INCLUDED THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS SHRINES OF WESTERN CHRISTENDOM IN A JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE WORLD.

ESCHATOLOGYCHANSONS DE GESTEPILGRIMAGE

RECONQUISTA - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELACULT OF THE SAINTS

MONASTICISMROMANESQUE

CINEMATOGRAPH

 The Scallop Shell: It is not without reason that the pilgrims returning from the threshold of Saint James bear shells

Sainte-Foy-de-ConquesSan Isidoro de LeònOloron-Sainte-Marie - Aulnay de SaintongeSanto Domingo de Silos

“Quatuor vie sunt que ad Sanctum Jacobum tendentes in unum ad Pontem Regine”. So begins in rather erratic Latin, the final book of the twelfth century manuscript known as the Codex Calixtinus.  “There are four roads to the sanctuary of Jacob which join into one at the bridge of the queen”. We are being told that there are four distinct routes through France which join together after the Pyrenees at a place in Navarre, today called Puente la Reina  and where there still stands the very same six arched bridge which is described in the manuscript. The destination is the great shrine of the Apostle James at Santiago de Compostela.

This site is dedicated to a representation of that world

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Project musical director is Martin A Smith

4 Comments

  1. Many thanks for your magnificent web site! Your unique blend of image, text and sound and is splendid.

    As a retired professor of architectural history for the past years I have walked the length of the Camino Frances five times in awe and thanksgiving. In January 2010 I will begin my 6th camino at age 70.

    Ultreia!

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