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Churches on the Camino

aname4me

aname4me
Year of past OR future Camino
2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, (2021)
Bien Camino
My question is.....
Does anyone know of a book, or webpage that lists the Churches along to Camino?
No matter how small, every town on the route has a Church (even Churches without a town).
Every Church (Cathedral) has a built date, by who, religious orders, why, architectural design/style, who-did-what, is it actually open to view, what to look for.

The millennia of pilgrim flow along the Camino has provided a fertile zone for “grand” Churches.

What I am hoping to find is a guide (summary) as to what to see.

Something small enough to carry, but detailed enough to read the night-before (on the trail).
 
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Rent a house in Santiago (1 month minimum)
300m from the cathedral and around the corner from the fresh food market in Santiago. Perfect place to tele commute from (1GB symmetrical connection).

mspath

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Scan either the paperback or ebook version available on Amazon of The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago: The Complete Cultural Handbook by David M. Gitlitz and Linda Kay Davidson. It is a useful introduction to art and architectural history along the camino.

Another basic scholarly source for religious/architectural iconography in general is
How to Read a Church,
Richard Taylor, 2003.

Happy research and Buen camino!
 

Helen1

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Year of past OR future Camino
London to Santiago (2014)
Narbonne to Oloron (2015)
Camino Portugues (2016)
Sentier Cathar (2017)

nycwalking

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Year of past OR future Camino
Ourense to Santiago (2019), CF: (2014, 2004, 2002, 2001). On to Fisterra, (2002, 4, 14).
Also, once you've settled in for the day: walked, washed, napped, et cetera, go in search of local churches. Many will have literature available and some have a tour guides. Ask, hospies they can be a font of info.
 

scruffy1

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Year of past OR future Camino
Holy Year from Pamplona 2010, SJPP 2011, Lisbon 2012, Le Puy 2013, Vezelay (partial watch this space!) 2014; 2015 Toulouse-Puenta la Reina (Arles)
Don't forget those churches and church museums just off-Camino! Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas on the left 250 meters off-Camino as you leave Burgos, Fromista San Martin de Tours for the Romanesque statuary - on-Camino, Vilar de Donas 2 1/2k off-Camino from Portos; SdC and possibly my favorite church, Parroquia de Santa María de Sar up the hill on Rua San Pedro from downtown - a living example for the need of flying buttresses!.
 
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Year of past OR future Camino
Us:Camino Frances, 2015 Me:Catalan/Aragonese, 2019
Also, once you've settled in for the day: walked, washed, napped, et cetera, go in search of local churches. Many will have literature available and some have a tour guides. Ask, hospies they can be a font of info.
And, when passing through a town, you can ask locals if they know who has a key to the church. It might be opened up for you to view.
 

Felipe

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Yes, in my experience most village (and even cities) churches are closed. They open only for Masses, when visiting is not a proper thing to do. And if you arrive just after Mass, after a short while you are politely invited to leave.
I suppose there is a risk associated with old sculptures and paintings, and they don't have the resources to sustain a permanent keeper.
Sometimes, if you linger for a while, somebody arrives to open the doors and make a bit of a guided visit -in those cases, please remember to let a good contribution in the alms box.
 

sillydoll

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Year of past OR future Camino
2002 CF: 2004 from Paris: 2006 VF: 2007 CF: 2009 Aragones, Ingles, Finisterre: 2011 X 2 on CF: 2013 'Caracoles': 2014 CF and Ingles 'Caracoles":2015 Logrono-Burgos (Hospitalero San Anton): 2016 La Douay to Aosta/San Gimignano to Rome:
Bien Camino
My question is.....
Does anyone know of a book, or webpage that lists the Churches along to Camino?
No matter how small, every town on the route has a Church (even Churches without a town).
Every Church (Cathedral) has a built date, by who, religious orders, why, architectural design/style, who-did-what, is it actually open to view, what to look for.

The millennia of pilgrim flow along the Camino has provided a fertile zone for “grand” Churches.

What I am hoping to find is a guide (summary) as to what to see.

Something small enough to carry, but detailed enough to read the night-before (on the trail).


This website gives the mass times along the Camino:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewe...re&msa=0&mid=1Ri9eQL2rE26aoP3mQkZYbHWzBC4&z=5
 

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