The story of St. James
One of the original 12 apostles – Santiago, also known as Saint James – helped to spread the Christian religion throughout the Iberian Peninsula. After two years or preaching, he decides to go back to Palestine. His disciples continued his work around Spain. When he got back to his homeland, he was denounced by the Jews, arrested during a sermon, and Herod Agrippa ordered him to be decapitated. When died, his body was put in a boat, which landed on the coast of Spain, west of Santiago de Compostela. King Alfonso II ordered the relics be buried in a specially-built chapel, which would later become the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.
What is El Camino today?
El Camino de Santiago (English: the Way of Saint James), is a network of pilgrims’ ways leading to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain.
The Camino was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hundreds of thousand pilgrims set out each year to make their way to Santiago de Compostela. The different ways you will be studying and recreating with robots in this class are: the French Way, the Northern Way (along the north coast of Spain), the Portuguese Way (from Lisbon), the English Way (from Ferrol in Galicia), the Camino Primitivo (from Oviedo in Asturias) and the Vía de la Plata (from Seville in Andalusia).
Many families, parents with their children, decide to live this experience together. This adventure, being surrounded by wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and history, a pilgrimage becomes a lesson of courage, and determination, which at the same time gives sense of accomplishment and belonging. The camino can be an amazing lesson for children. Collecting stamps in the pilgrim passport, collecting shells, organizing the whole trip, planning breaks, stops, calcutaing times and distances between different towns and cities. It also means learning geography and history and reliving an experience that unites people from all over the world.