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  Golden Shell
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As you are walking through the storied streets do not forget to look down and every so often you will observe the gold shells marking the Camino de Santiago. The Camino is a route originating in the French Pyrennes and heading all the way to Santiago de Compostela in the Galicia region of Spain. Pilgrims would make the journey, called peregrinaciones as an alternative to making the much longer journey to Jerusalem. The shell has become symbolic, because centuries ago the pilgrims carried large clam shells, that they used as a plate to eat their food on while on their journey.

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  • Updated Nov 13, 2004
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