The route of St. James is one of the largest spiritual, cultural and religious events to take place throughout the history of humanity. For centuries it has attracted pilgrims from all over the world to make their way to Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of the apostle St. James. There are two of routes or “ways” that pass through the region of Asturias. One is the northern coastal route and the other is El Camino Primitivo or “the original way”, said to be the route of the very first pilgrimage ever made to Santiago.
During the 9th century, while holding court in Oviedo, King Alphonse the Chaste set out on a journey to Galicia in the north-west of the peninsula in order to confirm the discovery of the remains of the apostle St. James. On confirmation that the discovery was indeed St. James, King Alphonse ordered the construction of a basilica to store the saint’s remains. Since then the route between Oviedo and Santago de Compostela has been recognized as one of first and most important Christian pilgrimages in the world. This “original way” starts in the Asturian capital of Oviedo, passing through Las Regueras, Grado, Tineo, Pola de Allande and Grandas de Salime where the route then enters the province of Lugo in Galicia finally finishing at Santiago de Compostella.
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