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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Seminar in Spanish: Cristóbal Ramírez 'El Camino de Santiago, un producto del pasado con futuro. Génesis y gastronomía en el Camino de Santiago

12th November 2014, 12:00, ER157, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University

El Camino de Santiago is the pilgrimage route to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in the Galicia region of northwestern Spain. Tradition has it that the remains of the apostle St. James are buried there after having been transported by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain and buried on the site of what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela. 

Cristóbal Ramírez will give a presentation about this pilgrimage route which has existed since the 10th Century and try to answer several questions about it: Was the body of the Apostle really buried in the Spanish city of Compostela, which was thought to be close to the end of the world at that time? Why did its discovery cause a wave of pilgrimage that continues today? The presentation will also look at “historical gastronomy”. In other words, what would pilgrims eat in the Middle Ages? Why, in some places, were they given a litre of wine a day, for free? 

Cristobal Ramírez is a journalist at La Voz de Galicia and lectures at the Universidad da Coruña. He is the president of the Asociación de Periodistas del Camino de Santiago. He has published many books and won several prizes and awards.

Presentation will be in Spanish

Contact penelope.johnson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.