Holy year

Holy Year

In 1122 Pope Calixtus II gave Compostela the privilege of granting a plenary indulgence to those who visited the shrine of the Apostle in the years when the Saint’s day fell on a Sunday. This is recorded in the Bull, Regis Aeterni, issued by Pope Alexander III in 1179.

In the years in which the Feast of St. James (25th July) falls on a Sunday, that year is celebrated as a Holy Year. Therefore there is a Holy Year every 6, 5, 6 and 11 years. The last Holy Year was in 2010 and the next is in 2021. During Holy Years there is a considerable increase in the numbers of pilgrims to Santiago, who may enter the Cathedral by the “Holy Door” which is only opened during that year.

Holy Year 2021. Leave your land, the Apostle awaits you

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