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The Shadow Pilgrim

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Lisa HS

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (SJPdP - Santiago) Spring (2016)
Portuguese (Porto - Santiago - Finisterre) Spring (2018)
To anyone who is currently in SdC. Can you tell me if the Shadow Pilgrim is once again appearing nightly, in his usual place behind the Cathedral? Last year, he was obscured by scaffolding. Here is the reference to anyone who has not made his awesome specterly acquaintance. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/shadow-pilgrim.
 

Martyduc

Hunter Valley,Australia
Camino(s) past & future
Frances Portuguese Finisterre Muxia Ingles Mozarabe VldP Sanabres Serrana Salvador Norte Espiritual

K Turner

One step at a time
Camino(s) past & future
14 August 2019 (SJPdP 16 August)
I didn't know this. Thank you for sharing! I can hardly wait to begin my Camino. Hopefully I will see the Shadow Pilgrim!
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 - 2019
Just FYI, for those of you who have not met the "Shadow Pilgrim" aka "Santiago's Ghost..." Here is how to find him...

After DARK, go to Plaza Quintana. This is on the East side of the Cathedral, in the large open square behind the main altar end of the Cathedral.
  1. Find the Holy Door / Door of Mercy. This is a large / tall door facing the plaza, with a surrounding facade of many saints.
  2. Move about 10 meters LEFT / SOUTH while facing the Cathedral.
  3. At the corner of the Cathedral, move another 5 meters or so LEFT.
  4. You should see the Shadow / Ghost on the wall, near the rear corner (to the right).
  5. You can't miss him if it is dark and the lights are on. He is wearing a tunic / robe, traditional pilgrim hat, and carrying a staff with a gourd attached. He does not move.
  6. Take a photo... it will come out...
  7. Weird innit?
Hope this helps.
 

Lirsy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo, Norte, Francés, Volunteer Hospitalero.
Thanks for sharing Lisa! I was not knowing that!!!

In case someone is interested, another peculiar thing in the cathedral is the chrismon in the "Puerta de Platerias". Instead of having alpha and omega, they are inverted, omega and alpha. It seems to mean that the end of the Camino is actually the beginning of the Camino.

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By the way ... I saw that the "Peregrino escondido" appears in google maps!
 

Jeff Titelius

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (León to Santiago) 2018
To anyone who is currently in SdC. Can you tell me if the Shadow Pilgrim is once again appearing nightly, in his usual place behind the Cathedral? Last year, he was obscured by scaffolding. Here is the reference to anyone who has not made his awesome specterly acquaintance. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/shadow-pilgrim.
Oh I love this!! I didn't see him last year but hope to on my next Camino!
 

Dàoest

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Norte (2020)
Just FYI, for those of you who have not met the "Shadow Pilgrim" aka "Santiago's Ghost..." Here is how to find him...

Take a photo... it will come out...

Hope this helps.
If you have a photo, please publish here, so we know what we are looking for. Thank you
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 - 2019
That is as good a photo as you will find. It is more impressive in person.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
If you have a photo, please publish here, so we know what we are looking for. Thank you
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I took the pic not knowing about the shadow.
It's not a close-up, but he jumps out at you once you know where to look.
 

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