Saturday, August 19, 2006

Crosses on the Camino

Crosses are everywhere along the camino. They come in all shapes and sizes. Picking up a rock along the way and leaving it beside a cross is becoming a tradition. This practice dates back to the pagan times where one does to appease the spirit along one's journey.

A typical cross along the camino.

The town before Cirauqui.

A metal cross after St. Domingo de la Calzada.

A simple wooden cross with 2 Danish pilgrims.

The big cross on top of the hill before the city of Astorga (background).

On the way to Foncebadón.

One famous cross (Cruz del Ferro) after Foncebadón, is the place where many pilgrims carried a rock from their own country to lay it beside the cross. This being the highest point on the camino (1509 meters) certainly helped in it's popularity.

I read about it before my camino. Here's my peeble from Singapore.

In Sarria. The city below.

Many celtic looking crosses in Galicia.

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