Santiago De Compostela, Galicia
|With his remains on board,
albeit headless, they returned by boat to the Iberian Peninsula and moored
up at Padron. From there his body was taken to a spot, now known as Santiago,
and a burial took place.
Over the next 800 years,
due to warring, invasion and the persecution of Christians, his place of
internment was lost until, in the 9th century, a hermit witnessed an unusual
What the hermit saw was a
series of lights in the sky with, it is claimed, accompanying noises. Knowing
that Saint James was rumoured to be buried in this area, the man took these
events as a signal from God and contacted the Archbishop with his news.
A few days later, after a
successful search of the area, the tomb was uncovered and the legend of
St James and Santiago set into motion. The King instructed that a church
be built on the spot where his mortal remains lay and the early beginnings
of Santiago were spawned.
The name - Santiago de
Compostela is derived from
a phonetically similar Latin term meaning something akin to "star field",
hence Santiago of the star field or "compostela".