One of the oldest ways to Santiago de Compostela, the one who goes from Lugo. When they began the pilgrimage Lugo, a city of Roman origin, was the most important of Galicia and was almost obligatory stop in passing. With the passage of time it became the most popular walking the Camino Francés. Start Oviedo.
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Via Francigena, from Canterbury to Rome
At the beginning of 11th century, a huge number of pilgrims began crossing through Europe in search of the lost “Celestial Land”. The pilgrims travelled to three major destinations: Rome, the city of the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul; Jerusalem, in the Holy Land, where the pilgrims sought out the places of Christ's Passion; Santiago de Compostela, the furthest point of western Europe which the apostle Saint James chose as his final resting place.
The way to Rome, Via Francigena (or Via Romea) which led to the Eternal City from Canterbury, through France, the Rhineland and the Western Alps, was used for 7 centuries by sovereigns, emperors, plebeians and clergymen and was probably the most important road of the times. In those days, the journey was not just an adventure or a risk but an act of devotion in itself, and the pilgrims would stop off along the way at places deemed holy by the Church.
Nowadays, we are able to reconstruct the itinerary thanks to a document left behind by Archbishop Sigeric of Canterbury, who, upon his return from Rome to his dioceses in 994, wrote down the names of the places that had formed the stages of his journey home. It is only natural that one thousand years later, on the eve of a new millennium, there should be a reawakening of interest in the old route and a desire to rediscover a road that once represented unity and communication between the different cultures and ideas of European nations which are once again opening their borders.