The Cultural Heritage of Pilgrim Itineraries: The Camino de Santiago

Michael Murray

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Abstract

The Camino de Santiago comprises a lattice of European pilgrimage itineraries that converge at Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. This article introduces the historical and contemporary representation of these routes as a heritage complex that is imagined and codified within varied cultural meanings of a journey undertaken. Particular attention is given to the Camino Frances and the Via de la Plata, which contrast as mature and formative pilgrimage settings. Within this spatial sphere, the analysis deals with the Camino de Santiago as official heritage, as development instrument, as civil society, and as personal experience. The article concludes by offering a contemporary conceptualization of the evolving Camino de Santiago cultural heritage complex.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-85
Number of pages21
JournalJourneys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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