The St. James Way in Pictograms

Discover an accessible and easy-to-read guide to traveling the St. James Way.

By Regional Government of Galicia

The Way of Saint James in pictograms, Sergio Palao, Original Source: Gobierno de Aragón, ARASAAC
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The people who travel the St. James Way to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela are known as pilgrims.
Santiago de Compostela is in Galicia, in Spain.
The cathedral of Santiago is home to the tomb of the Apostle St. James (Santiago in Spanish).

The Way of Saint James in pictograms, Sergio Palao, Original Source: Gobierno de Aragón, ARASAAC
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The statue of the Apostle St. James is inside the cathedral of Santiago.
There is also a thurible known as the botafumeiro.

The Way of Saint James in pictograms, Sergio Palao, Original Source: Gobierno de Aragón, ARASAAC
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Pilgrims can enter the cathedral of Santiago to embrace the apostle's statue.

The Way of Saint James in pictograms, Sergio Palao, Original Source: Gobierno de Aragón, ARASAAC
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Pilgrims can enter the cathedral of Santiago to see the botafumeiro.

The Way of Saint James in pictograms, Sergio Palao, Original Source: Gobierno de Aragón, ARASAAC
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The Compostela is a certificate given to those who complete the St. James Way, covering 63 miles (100 km).
Pilgrims have to have their accreditation stamped while traveling the St. James Way in order to obtain the Compostela.

Recommendations for undertaking the St. James Way

The Way of Saint James in pictograms, Sergio Palao, Original Source: Gobierno de Aragón, ARASAAC
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It is important to be physically fit in order to travel the St. James Way.
It is also vital to train and walk a lot during the month before you set off.
You need comfortable clothing to walk in.

The Way of Saint James in pictograms, Sergio Palao, Original Source: Gobierno de Aragón, ARASAAC
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You can carry a stick to travel the St. James Way.
You need to wear socks that will be durable if you sweat a lot.
You also need comfortable shoes.

The Way of Saint James in pictograms, Sergio Palao, Original Source: Gobierno de Aragón, ARASAAC
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You can wear a hat to walk the St. James Way.
You will need a raincoat in case of rain.
You should also use sunblock.

The Way of Saint James in pictograms, Sergio Palao, Original Source: Gobierno de Aragón, ARASAAC
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It is important to drink water along the St. James Way.
You should eat healthy food.
And also food that provides energy, such as chocolate or dried fruit.

The Way of Saint James in pictograms, Sergio Palao, Original Source: Gobierno de Aragón, ARASAAC
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When traveling the St. James Way, it is reasonable to walk 25 km, or 15 miles, per day.

The Way of Saint James in pictograms, Sergio Palao, Original Source: Gobierno de Aragón, ARASAAC
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There is an abundance of nature to see and enjoy along the St. James Way.
There are also a number of interesting monuments.
You can always make lots of friends.

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The pictographic symbols used are the property of the Government of Aragón and have been created by Sergio Palao for ARASAAC (http://www.arasaac.org), who distribute them under the Creative Commons License BY-NC-SA.

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