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DACamino

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
09/08/18
I was told today in Sarria that I needed to get stamps from specific churches along the way to Santiago. Previously I understood it was any two stamps one of which was from the alburgue I would be staying at. Can someone clear this up for me? Thanks a bunch.
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
You do not need to get the two stamps from particular churches - or any other set places. Just at least two per day from wherever you find them offered. I'd be interested to learn who told you that you had to get stamps from specific churches. Never heard that idea before.
 

DACamino

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
09/08/18
You do not need to get the two stamps from particular churches - or any other set places. Just at least two per day from wherever you find them offered. I'd be interested to learn who told you that you had to get stamps from specific churches. Never heard that idea before.
Went into the church El Salvador to get a stamp there and the lady at the desk gave me a strip of paper that says at top of the strip “churches where the pilgrim passports MUST be stamped. Hate to get to Santiago an d not have the correct stamps. Hope you’re right.
 

davebugg

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
This is what the Pilgrim's Office in Santiago de Compostela (the guys issuing the Compostela) states:

"You must collect the stamps on the “Credencial del Peregrino” from the places you pass through to certify that you have been there. Stamps from churches, hostels, monasteries, cathedrals and all places related to the Way are preferred, but if not they can also be stamped in other institutions: town halls, cafés, etc. You have to stamp the Credencial twice a day at least on the last 100 km (for pilgrims on foot or on horseback) or on the last 200 km (for cyclists pilgrims)."

Bradypus is absolutely correct, the information you were told in Sarria is not correct. . . or should I say, it is incomplete :)
 

DACamino

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
09/08/18
You do not need to get the two stamps from particular churches - or any other set places. Just at least two per day from wherever you find them offered. I'd be interested to learn who told you that you had to get stamps from specific churches. Never heard that idea before.
Went into the church El Salvador to get a stamp there and the lady at the desk gave me a strip of paper that says at top of the strip “churches where the pilgrim passports MUST be stamped. Hate to get to Santiago an d not have the correct stamps. Hope you’re right.
 

jefferyonthecamino

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (1994)
Camino Francés (2013 - 2019)
Camino Portugués (2015 - 2019)
Camino de Madrid
I was told today in Sarria that I needed to get stamps from specific churches along the way to Santiago. Previously I understood it was any two stamps one of which was from the alburgue I would be staying at. Can someone clear this up for me? Thanks a bunch.
i got my last compostela with only 'bar/café' stamps - but church ones are nice
 

Tincatinker

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Lots ;0)
I was told today in Sarria that I needed to get stamps from specific churches along the way to Santiago. Previously I understood it was any two stamps one of which was from the alburgue I would be staying at. Can someone clear this up for me? Thanks a bunch.
Did they tell you which specific Churches?

I have heard rumours of a certain sacred organization open only to people who get the right stamps in the right order (though this may derive from reading Dan Browne books and watching Indiana Jones movies - I lose track). If you wish the Pilgrims' Office to award you with a Compostella for walking at least 100km into Santiago (with some other provisions) all you need to do is evidence your walk by obtaining two stamps per day from whichever Church, Bar, Town Hall, Police Station, Ferreteria, Supermarket or wherever else you can get one. I once elected to get a Sello from every bar that I passed after Sarria but sadly it became to heavy to carry and I wasn't prepared to use Paq Credencial.

Buen Camino amigo, and don't believe everything you hear on Camino
 

ELHS220

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés - 2015
Francés - 2017
Norte (Oviedo Costa) - 2018
Finisterre/Muxía - 2018
Norte - (2019)
If that “rule” were true, and of course it is NOT, it would be ridiculous because so many churches are simply CLOSED. Even those in regular operation are closed for much of the afternoon because of the “siesta” tradition. And that includes large churches in Santiago itself. You can get valid “sellos” anywhere. Consider a nice church stamp to be a lucky bonus. The Finisterre-Muxia credential actually has pictures of various churches on its pages making you THINK that you must get THESE in order to qualify. Again, this is also NOT true. Any stamp from anywhere along the route is valid.
 

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Yoyo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2017: CF 800 km
2019: CF 180 km
You will always get a stamp at the place you are staying and then you could make it a habit to ask for a stamp wherever you stop for coffee or lunch and any churches or other sites you are visiting along the way.
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
Wow! what an original and never asked before question :)
 

Norian

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances. I walked from St Jean Pied de Port as far as Mansilla de las Mulas in (May 2019)
You will always get a stamp at the place you are staying and then you could make it a habit to ask for a stamp wherever you stop for coffee or lunch and any churches or other sites you are visiting along the way.
Given the 2 stamp rule from Sarria, what happens if I run out of space on a Pilgrim Record? Are Record cards available enroute from Tourist Offices or other places?
 

Norian

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances. I walked from St Jean Pied de Port as far as Mansilla de las Mulas in (May 2019)
Given the 2 stamp rule from Sarria, what happens if I run out of space on a Pilgrim Record? Are Record cards available enroute from Tourist Offices or other places?
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
I stick two credentials together if it will be a long camino - but gluing or sticky taping some extra folded (thin) cardboard would work equally well.
 

Dani7

Stop wishing, start doing.
Camino(s) past & future
(2020) Camino Frances
This is what the Pilgrim's Office in Santiago de Compostela (the guys issuing the Compostela) states:

"You must collect the stamps on the “Credencial del Peregrino” from the places you pass through to certify that you have been there. Stamps from churches, hostels, monasteries, cathedrals and all places related to the Way are preferred, but if not they can also be stamped in other institutions: town halls, cafés, etc. You have to stamp the Credencial twice a day at least on the last 100 km (for pilgrims on foot or on horseback) or on the last 200 km (for cyclists pilgrims)."

Bradypus is absolutely correct, the information you were told in Sarria is not correct. . . or should I say, it is incomplete :)
I was under the impression that you only needed to have two stamps a day if you were only doing Sarria to Santiago but if you started farther line SJPdP one stamp was sufficient.
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
I was under the impression that you only needed to have two stamps a day if you were only doing Sarria to Santiago but if you started farther line SJPdP one stamp was sufficient.
That is not the pilgrim office policy these days. There are no exceptions to the "2 sellos per day in the last 100km" rule. Some people have received a Compostela with only 1 per day but others have been refused. Why take that risk if a Compostela is important to you when sellos are so easy to find in the last 100km anyway?
 

Turga

Camino tortuga
Camino(s) past & future
CF (Aug/Sep 2017)
CF (Aug/Sep 2018)
I was under the impression that you only needed to have two stamps a day if you were only doing Sarria to Santiago but if you started farther line SJPdP one stamp was sufficient.
Well. you were wrong then 🙂
And it is no problem getting 2 (or more) stamps a day, you can get them in any bar/cafe, albergue or hostel etc. along the way. Just ask for "un sello".
 

K Turner

One step at a time
Camino(s) past & future
14 August 2019 (SJPdP 16 August)
I finished the Camino Frances just over a week ago. I was worried about getting two stamps a day once I reached Sarria, so I started getting them at every bar, church, and albergue I stopped in. I quickly realized that was far too many stamps and only did the two a day. When I got the final stamp in Santiago, they had to put it over the writing on the back! And there was no rule about needing stamps from specific locations.
 

Felipe

Veteran Member
Even food and drink stalls along the Camino offer a "sello", provided you buy something.
The guy who thought this requisite was a marketing strategy genius...👏
 

Peter Fransiscus

Be proud of who you are.
Camino(s) past & future
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
Went into the church El Salvador to get a stamp there and the lady at the desk gave me a strip of paper that says at top of the strip “churches where the pilgrim passports MUST be stamped. Hate to get to Santiago an d not have the correct stamps. Hope you’re right.
You need two stamps a day.
It can be from a church, a bar ,the Albergue and lots more places .
Oh and he is right.
 

Peter Fransiscus

Be proud of who you are.
Camino(s) past & future
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
Given the 2 stamp rule from Sarria, what happens if I run out of space on a Pilgrim Record? Are Record cards available enroute from Tourist Offices or other places?
Take 2 Credencials with you , when one is full start with the other one.
The Pilgrimsoffice will stamp them both , simple as that.
 

C clearly

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
the lady at the desk gave me a strip of paper that says at top of the strip “churches where the pilgrim passports MUST be stamped.
Something may have been lost in the translation.
 

Kathar1na

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago and beyond (own way - voie de Tours - camino francés - Biskaya - Manche)
Something may have been lost in the translation.
It is a wrong translation.

Someone posted a copy of this slip of paper on Facebook. It's a list of churches from Sarria to Santiago. It indicates which of these churches have a daily mass. The heading says:

Iglesias donde se debe sellar la credencial​
Churches where the pilgrim passport must be stamp [sic]​

It is my understanding that se debe means should, not must.

I guess it's an attempt to get people to go to church.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
It is a wrong translation.

Someone posted a copy of this slip of paper on Facebook. It's a list of churches from Sarria to Santiago. It indicates which of these churches have a daily mass. The heading says:

Iglesias donde se debe sellar la credencial​
Churches where the pilgrim passport must be stamp [sic]​

It is my understanding that se debe means should, not must.

I guess it's an attempt to get people to go to church.
I agree. Deber should have been translated as should. Here's the picture from that Facebook post

FB_IMG_1570110310629.jpg
 

Sam - AU

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - Apr/May 2018, Feb/Mar 2019 .... upcoming Nov/Dec 2019
If that “rule” were true, and of course it is NOT, it would be ridiculous because so many churches are simply CLOSED. Even those in regular operation are closed for much of the afternoon because of the “siesta” tradition.
Here Here!! Two completed caminos, granted not in peak season, but barely a handful of open churches combined.
 

Barbara

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy
When I walked from Le Puy i ended up with one credential, and several pieces of paper sticky taped on the end. That was before the two steps a day rule. The cathedral stamp got put on every sheet over whatever happened to be there. Including possibly a shopping list and the back of a map.
 

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