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Santiago de Compostela
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Santiago de Compostela was the third most popular pilgrimage site of the Middle Ages, following Jerusalem and Rome. Its significance is an entirely medieval invention, albeit one that even today draws great crowds of pilgrims and tourists.

The site is located in modern-day Spain, in the northwest corner of the Iberian peninsula, in the province of Galicia, roughly thirty miles inland from the Atlantic coast. After the Visigoths left Galicia, the Muslims occupied it in the early eighth century, followed by Christians in the early ni…

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Phillip C. Adamo, “Santiago de Compostela”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_000147>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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