What is a pilgrim and why do people make the pilgrimage to Santiago?

Pilgrimage is time set apart from normal daily life in which people travel to a holy place. Santiago stands alongside Rome and Jerusalem as the third greatest Christian pilgrimage destination in the world.

Pilgrims on the way to Santiago have the opportunity for personal reflection and prayer as well as enjoying the fellowship of other pilgrims from many different countries. The pilgrimage is an opportunity for spiritual renewal and growth in personal faith.

In the 2010 Holy Year 95% of pilgrims said that they had made their journey for religious or spiritual reasons.

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