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Pilgrim's Bridge near Canfranc, Spain


The Way of St James (Camino de Santiago) was one of the most important pilgrimage routes of the Medieval Europe.

The pilgrims went to visit the tomb of St James located in Santiago de Compostela. Because of the large number of pilgrims it was necesary build hospitals, hospices and bridges along the way. The kings of Aragon, Navarra, Castilla and Leon protected the pilgrims. The pilgrims (medieval tourists) bought souvenirs (badges, scallop shells, which was the symbol of the pilgrimage). A "tour book" was also written about the the Camino. The Codex Callixtinus (1140) describes the daily stages, rivers, hospices, dangers and 'tourist traps' of the route.


This 12th century bridge is located near the most difficult pass of the route. From the Hospital de Santa Cristina the path descend in the valley of the Aragon river to Jaca.

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Taken on April 17, 2006