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Way of St. James and route of the espéculas

The tomb of the apostle St. James is the finishing line, but the stages that go through Huesca welcome pilgrims with warmth and amazement at the Romanesque art to be seen at each stop.  

The Way of St. James, whether you do it along the traditional route that starts in France, entering through the Pyrenees or whether you limit it to any of its sections along the province, involves a process of finding yourself, with a backdrop of stunning landscapes and views.

 

Linked to the Way of St. James, there is the Route of the Espéculas, which shows visitors the pilgrim's ritual.  When pilgrims would stop at a St. James hospital or visit a chapel or sanctuary, they were given a lead medal meant to accredit them as pilgrims on arrival in Santiago. Huesca has made a great effort to signpost this route, which simply highlights the activity along the Way of St. James.

WAY OF ST. JAMES

To complete the Way of St. James is not only a penitence that is over when you reach the tomb of the apostle. It is a magical journey, both internal and external, where the vestiges of the past turn the route into a historical and artistic journey. The famous French Way enters Spain in the province of Huesca, connecting with several routes that lead to Santiago.  

The French Way entered Huesca through the Somport pass, giving way to Romanesque art and ruins of mediaeval castles and Roman roads in villages such as Candanchú, Canfranc, Villanúa, Castiello de Jaca and the city of Jaca itself. From there, the way continues through Santa Cilia de Jaca, la Canal de Berdún, Arrés, Mianos, Artieda and Ruesta.

Another of the most popular routes arrives at Huesca from the way that starts at the Montserrat sanctuary (Catalonia). After passing through Tamarite, Monzón, Berbegal, Tierz, Huesca, Bolea, Loarre and the Station of Santa María de la Peña, it reaches the Monastery of San Juan de la Peña and connects with Santa Cilia de Jaca by Santa Cruz de la Serós. Again, Romanesque art is the protagonist of the route.

 

ROUTE OF THE ESPÉCULAS

 

The espéculas, or stamped medals, used to be given to pilgrims and are now a testimony of the broad network of paths that connected with the route towards Santiago. Thus, some of those places pilgrims visited between the 12th and 17th centuries are worth visiting. As examples, Secastilla, the chapel of Our Lady of Salas, in Huesca; the Cathedral of Roda de Isábena; the monastery of Pueyo de Barbastro; the chapel of Santa María de la Peña de Anié; and the chapel of San Martín de la Val d'Onsera, in the Guara mountain range.

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