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trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I'm interested in seeing the different credentials issued in different countries. I've ordered all of mine from Ivar, and I really liked the colorful one that used on my first Camino in 2016.

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I used the current, more somber looking credential the last two years. 20190115_152039-1008x567.jpg

What does your credential look like?
 
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Oravasaari

Helsinki, Finland
Camino(s) past & future
2015 SJpdP to Fistera, 2016 Leon to Fistera, 2017 CF-Salvadore-Primitivo, 2018 CF run/walk
I first image.jpeghad the SJPdP Carnet de Pelerin de St Jacques Credencial de Peregrino issued at the pilgrim office in SJPdP. I used it for 2.5 caminos by adding extra blank sheets for sellos.

I then got an image.jpegAsturian one at Bodeneye on the Primitivo once the first on got too filled up.
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
Here's the credencial from the Canadian Company of Pilgrims, as used on my last Camino from Porto. You can't see the first two pages of stamps or the last two, because it is folded so you can see the cover and back page. The other side of the stamp pages has maps of the caminos in Iberia and across Europe and info on using the credencial in English and French.
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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
These are all lovely. I remember last year there was a change and only "official" credentials are now being accepted. I order mine from APOC and I've had no problems, but have wondered what a supposed non-official one looks like.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I'm hoping that someone will post an Irish credential. I saw one (I think that it was Irish) during my last Camino, and it was lovely.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2002, Toulouse/Aragon 2005, Cami S Jaume/Aragon 2007/9, Mont Saint Michel/Norte/Vadiniense 2011, Norte/Primitivo 2013, Norte/Primitivo 2014. Norte 2015, Cami S Jaume/Castellano-Aragonese 2016
These are all lovely. I remember last year there was a change and only "official" credentials are now being accepted. I order mine from APOC and I've had no problems, but have wondered what a supposed non-official one looks like.
IIRC this applies to commercially-supplied and Spanish provincial association credentials. The credentials provided by national pilgrims' organizations (APOC, CCoP, AQC etc) are all authorized by the Cathedral. I haven't seen an "unauthorized" one for years.
 

Jeff Titelius

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (León to Santiago) 2018
These are all lovely. I remember last year there was a change and only "official" credentials are now being accepted. I order mine from APOC and I've had no problems, but have wondered what a supposed non-official one looks like.
I wonder too...
 

Jeff Titelius

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (León to Santiago) 2018
I'm interested in seeing the different credentials issued in different countries. I've ordered all of mine from Ivar, and I really liked the colorful one that used on my first Camino in 2016.

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I used the current, more somber looking credential the last two years. View attachment 50801

What does your credential look like?
Love both of these!
 

Stephen

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Twice walked from St Jean to Estella and once from Sarria to Santiago. Maybe someday I'll find the time to do the entire walk.
I've found the time. Just completed SJPP to Santiago. 25 Aug to 1st Oct, 2016.
And now the Portuguese from Lisbon.
The one on the left is issued by the Rioja Friends. I got it in Navarette to replace one I'd lost.
To the right is an Irish passport.
 

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Stephen

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Twice walked from St Jean to Estella and once from Sarria to Santiago. Maybe someday I'll find the time to do the entire walk.
I've found the time. Just completed SJPP to Santiago. 25 Aug to 1st Oct, 2016.
And now the Portuguese from Lisbon.
Does the design of the Irish one extend onto the other pages/panels?
No. The inside is fairly plain but there's a couple of coloured pages in the centre showing maps of the Camino Norte, Francais, and Portuguese.
 

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Stephen

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Twice walked from St Jean to Estella and once from Sarria to Santiago. Maybe someday I'll find the time to do the entire walk.
I've found the time. Just completed SJPP to Santiago. 25 Aug to 1st Oct, 2016.
And now the Portuguese from Lisbon.
And I got this one in Irun at the start of the Norte.
 

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Camino2010

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés
SJPP to Santiago (2010)
SJPP to Fisterra (2011)
SJPP to Fisterra/Muxia (2012)
SJPP to Fisterra/Muxia (2015)
SJPP to Fisterra/Muxia (2016)
Here's the credencial from the Canadian Company of Pilgrims, as used on my last Camino from Porto. You can't see the first two pages of stamps or the last two, because it is folded so you can see the cover and back page. The other side of the stamp pages has maps of the caminos in Iberia and across Europe and info on using the credencial in English and French.
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Wow! The Canadian one is very different from my CCoP one I had on my first Camino in 2010! I'm glad to see they've switched to a folding style. Mine was sheets of cardstock paper folded in half to make a stapled booklet, with a bright lime green cover. The paper came away from the staples and there wasn't enough room for all my stamps, but I was proud and happy to have it anyway. :)

I also have a Czech credential from 2012 when I walked a small part of the Camino from Prague.

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And I have a credential I got in Castrojeriz in 2016. I was surprised to learn they had their own. It made me wonder how many other communities on the Camino have their own too!

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Jeff Titelius

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (León to Santiago) 2018
Wow! The Canadian one is very different from my CCoP one I had on my first Camino in 2010! I'm glad to see they've switched to a folding style. Mine was sheets of cardstock paper folded in half to make a stapled booklet, with a bright lime green cover. The paper came away from the staples and there wasn't enough room for all my stamps, but I was proud and happy to have it anyway. :)

I also have a Czech credential from 2012 when I walked a small part of the Camino from Prague.

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And I have a credential I got in Castrojeriz in 2016. I was surprised to learn they had their own. It made me wonder how many other communities on the Camino have their own too!

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Oh I love this one too!
 

Stephen

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Twice walked from St Jean to Estella and once from Sarria to Santiago. Maybe someday I'll find the time to do the entire walk.
I've found the time. Just completed SJPP to Santiago. 25 Aug to 1st Oct, 2016.
And now the Portuguese from Lisbon.
If you get the passport framed you should keep it out of direct sunlight. The ink used for the stamps soon fades.
There's a hotel in Castrojerez which has framed passports in the bar. Every single stamp on them has vanished over time.
 

Camino2010

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés
SJPP to Santiago (2010)
SJPP to Fisterra (2011)
SJPP to Fisterra/Muxia (2012)
SJPP to Fisterra/Muxia (2015)
SJPP to Fisterra/Muxia (2016)
I never knew that Correos, the Spanish Post Office were so supportive of Peregrinos
https://www.elcaminoconcorreos.com/en/pilgrimage-stamps
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I have some wonderful stamps from post offices along the Camino Francés! It took me more than one Camino to learn that many post offices have them though. If you go in, know that most, if not all, have at least two different variations. I got two in Puente la Reina, for example, and Burgos has three! I also bought Camino stamps for putting on letters. Lovely souvenirs.
 

Mugatu

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, Finisterre, Muxia (2018)
Camino Frances or Norte (2019 , June 27-Aug 8)
If you get the passport framed you should keep it out of direct sunlight. The ink used for the stamps soon fades.
There's a hotel in Castrojerez which has framed passports in the bar. Every single stamp on them has vanished over time.
do you recall the name of the hotel?
 

Stephen

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Twice walked from St Jean to Estella and once from Sarria to Santiago. Maybe someday I'll find the time to do the entire walk.
I've found the time. Just completed SJPP to Santiago. 25 Aug to 1st Oct, 2016.
And now the Portuguese from Lisbon.
Hotel Jacobus.
 

Stephen

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Twice walked from St Jean to Estella and once from Sarria to Santiago. Maybe someday I'll find the time to do the entire walk.
I've found the time. Just completed SJPP to Santiago. 25 Aug to 1st Oct, 2016.
And now the Portuguese from Lisbon.

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Interesting that they spelled it Compostella instead of Compostela. In English, the two sound much the same. In Spanish, they are pronounced quite differently.
Perhaps someone made a boo-boo. 🙂
 

El Mayordomo

#MyLongWalk2019
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (Invierno) 2019
Wikipedia suggests that this 'mis-spelling' may not be incorrect but an ancient variation. See below
Around the place of the discovery a new settlement and centre of pilgrimage emerged, which was known to the author Usuard in 865[24] and which was called Compostella by the 10th century.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)

El Mayordomo

#MyLongWalk2019
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (Invierno) 2019
My Credential from Uk-based Confraternity of St Jame - can't wait to get it filled up in the summer - will make sure I get a stamp here in Reading at St James' Church, Reading Abbey before I set of for St Jean PP.View attachment 51192
My UK stamps are beginning to fill up my CSJ credencial, we have been walking the St James Way from Reading Abbey to Southampton - Question for forum ... should I continue with it on Camino Frances or start a new one fresh? What do people think?
 

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akula415

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Fraces, Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, July 2019
I love all these photos. I used the one provided by the Confranternity in Madrid, which has their own sello (fairly large). I liked the cover with the writing at the top. I love all these unique credenciales,. I ran out of space and had to get a second passport in Arzua, which ended up being the standard black passport that everyone else had. I don't have anything against it. But I love to see these less common ones.
 

akula415

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Fraces, Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, July 2019
These are all lovely. I remember last year there was a change and only "official" credentials are now being accepted. I order mine from APOC and I've had no problems, but have wondered what a supposed non-official one looks like.
Apparently there are a decent amount of unofficial or "homemade" credencials out there, for profit (and not the standard few euros). Here are two examples. The first is a hand made credencial from Spain that actually looks SO beautiful. When you read the fine print, the artist states that you should attach a "real" credencial to this one in order to get the Compostela Certificate. The price is 13.50 Euro.

Another example is one I found on Etsy. Someone created it and it does not have an official seal from the Cathedral on the rear.

So those are the two examples that I encountered. Too bad, really. The fancy Spanish one I really like. But again, there are some out there that are trying to make a profit above and beyond the modest two euros for an official one.

 

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AJGuillaume

Pélerin du monde
Camino(s) past & future
Via Gebennensis (2018)
Via Podiensis (2018)
Voie Nive Bidassoa (2018)
Camino Del Norte (2018)
This is the Créanciale issued on the Via Podiensis in le Puy-en-Velay.
When we walked 2178km in 133 days from Switzerland to SdC last year, we filled 6 credentials.
 

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Annet2020

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues 2020
How do you use the 6 credencials (or in general: more than one credential) if you want to get a distance certificate at the end?
Do you simply collect your next sellos in an empty new credential?
Or do you need the same sello on the first page of a new credential as is on the last page of the one before?
Or do you have to attach them to each other?
 

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've always attached the new credential to the old one, by gluing them together in such a way that it looks like one long credential, with the front page of the new credential glued onto the back of the last page of the older one. I'm not sure that is the correct thing to do, but it's never been questioned in the Pilgrim's Office.

(Edited) I should clarify that the joined credentials are for each one individual Camino, when its a long one, eg the Via de la Plata. Once the Pilgrim's Office put the last stamp in a credential, it officially "finishes" that Camino.
 
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Annet2020

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues 2020
That is what I meant as well: when you need more then 1 credential for 1 camino.
 

AJGuillaume

Pélerin du monde
Camino(s) past & future
Via Gebennensis (2018)
Via Podiensis (2018)
Voie Nive Bidassoa (2018)
Camino Del Norte (2018)
That is what I meant as well: when you need more then 1 credential for 1 camino.
We just showed our 6 credentials, in chronological order, and the staff at the pilgrims office went through them one by one.
 

mmmmartin

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Santander-SdC bici '14
Plata bici '17
1/2 Plata bici '18
Frances a pie '18
(Porto a pie '19)
Here is the latest to go on the wall, with the ink slowly fading. And when the ink has almost all done, I'll replace it with another credentia currently in the drawer. And so on......20200201_231225.jpg
 

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