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 82 ORIGINALLY PRODUCED SHORT FILMS AND 162 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.
“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.
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