LEARNING WHILE COMPLETING A MEDIEVAL PILGRIMAGE
According to tradition, the Apostle James (Santiago in Spanish) evangelized the Iberian Peninsula and was later buried in northwestern Spain at what is now Santiago de Compostela. For more than a thousand years, pilgrims have made their way to this sacred city to venerate the remains of the saint. Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (el Cid) made the journey, as did St. Francis of Assisi, Isabel and Ferdinand, along with so many others who continue to walk this iconic pilgrimage route that includes stretches of Roman roads, passes by numerous medieval chapels and cathedrals, and crosses spectacular landscapes.
The students who participate in this unique study abroad program will walk 470 miles of the Camino Francés (the French Way), the most popular route to reach Saint James’s tomb, starting in Roncesvalles along the French border and ending in Santiago de Compostela. On rest days, we will bus to locations like the Monasteries of Suso and Yuso (the cradle of the Spanish language) and visit the famous chanting monks of Santo Domingo de Silos. In the process, students will learn about and experience more than two millennia of Spanish history and culture. Arriving in Santiago, we will receive the certificate awarded to those who complete the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.
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