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The Way of Bayonne

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The Way of Bayonne, primal pilgrimage route

In the new event of the series 'Briviesca over time', the rapporteur Jesús Aguirre emphasized the essential role of this for centuries
Sat, 01/12/2012

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El Camino de Santiago and Briviesca were subject to thorough analysis during the day yesterday, which was found in the role of the Via de Bayonne as primal Jacobean pilgrimage route, with benchmark Briviesca during straight end of the lecture series' Briviesca through Time. "

It touched a subject well until recently remained in oblivion in the long history of the capital burebana. It is the role played Briviesca pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela, which began a few years after the invention or discovery of the tomb of St. James by the bishop of Iria, Teodomiro, about the year 830.

According to the speaker, Jesus Aguirre, President of the Association of Friends of the Camino de Santiago in Burgos, to the opening and subsequent consolidation of the French Way, once overcome the problem of Arab rule in the north of the peninsula, the identification between the road and the Roman medieval inevitable.

This is recorded using Aquitana Way and Camino de la Costa, tough, rugged, more insecure and virtually no stocks to fall back, as pilgrimage routes. In this context it is therefore confirmed that Briviesca has been a must since the early days of the pilgrimage to Compostela, taking on greater importance in it before the consolidation of the French Way.

The same site of the city, coinciding with that of the former Virovesca Roman mansion that was heading to the Milky Aquitana Way I Antonine Itinerary evident that early Jacobean pilgrims crossed it. This is compounded by the use of Roman roads, as first pilgrimage routes and any medieval documents, making highlight the relative importance of the city as a commercial center in the area.

Indeed, geographical location made ​​it an important stage in the network of roads from the center of Castilla target, even now, to the Bay of Biscay, the Rioja and France.

Regarding the weight of Briviesca within the Camino, it remained in force until Sancho III the Great of Navarra assumed political control of the territories of the northern Christian kingdoms of the peninsula in the early eleventh century. Then potentiated the road connecting the towns under their control, from Pamplona to Leon and Astorga Nájera, to Burgos.

Since then various monarchs and for various reasons and interests, together with the publication of the Codex in the mid Calixtinus XII, became the French Way in the pilgrimage route par excellence especially during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Parallel Way of Bayonne was articulated as a trade route that comes from a city, Burgos, that mall is a large geographical area, and where pilgrims and travelers taking advantage of existing road infrastructure and welfare.

Finally, the branch Bayonne Camino de Santiago is almost exclusively become the Camino Real to France, separated from the pilgrimage and simultaneously increasingly busy.
 

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