In the Middle Ages, between 820 and 830 AD, in Galicia, at the Western boundaries of Europe, a funeral structure was discovered. This was soon identified as the tomb of the Apostle St. James the Greater. This discovery changed the history of Europe: the news spread all over the continent and, from everywhere on it, thousands of pilgrims headed to Santiago de Compostela, since then and over the centuries, seeking to worship the Apostle.
The pathways followed by the pilgrims, “The Routes of St. James Way”, worked as a vehicle for cultural communication, exchange of ideas, fraternity, communion and hospitality among the European peoples and, to some extent, the very idea of Europe germinated on those roads.
This exhibition on St. James Way intends to be a display of this extraordinary cultural and spiritual phenomenon signified by the pilgrimage to the city of Santiago de Compostela, as well as its relevance for the European historical heritage, its immense spread throughout the continent and the imprint that the routes of St. James Way have in Lithuania, twinning this country with the rest of Europe.
The exhibition is presented by the Embassy of Spain in Lithuania.