Also known as the Holy Year or Jacobean Year, it came about with the discovery of the Apostle Saint James the Greater’s sepulchre (9th Century), becoming throughout history, an important pilgrimage destination, and a world-renowned religious and cultural centre, keeping its extraordinary appeal alive today.
The Camino de Santiago has left its mark on the millions of people who travel it each year, for different reasons: religious devotion, personal growth or to establish a connection with the cultural and natural environment. The Jacobean Holy Years are the ones with the highest turnout. Besides, there is still the chance to obtain plenary forgiveness for your sins, known as the Jubilee.
Since the origin of this pilgrimage route to the Galician capital, other routes came about, so pilgrims from different places could have access to the tomb. Some of these additional routes have a direct connection with the Apostle Saint James.
A network of different Caminos connects the most remote places in Europe with the Apostle’s tomb. These routes represent a large part of our cultural heritage.
We can help you to plan one of the best experiences during the most important year in which you can do the Camino de Santiago, the Jubilee or Jacobean Holy Year.
Get your Jubilee!
To get the Jubilee means to obtain plenary indulgence or the complete forgiveness for all your sins that is granted by the Church. All pilgrims who visit the Apostle’s tomb at the Cathedral of Santiago during the Holy Year, can obtain this plenary indulgence.
To this end, pilgrims must fulfill some requirements set out by the Church, that we list for you below:
Visit the Cathedral
Pay a visit to this Christian temple on any day during the Holy Year.
Attend the Holy Mass and pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.
and take Holy Communion
the fortnight before or after your visit to the Cathedral.
Why is it considered
a Holy Year?
The Compostela Holy Year happens when July 25th, the feast day of the Apostle’s martyrdom, falls on a Sunday.
Due to leap years,the Holy Years follow a pattern of falling every 6-5-6-11 years. 2010 was the most recent Holy Year. 2021 will be the next Holy Year, followed by 2027 and 2032.
A Holy Year therefore only happens 14 times per century so during these Years there is a considerable increase in the number of pilgrimages.
At Pilgrim we place all the necessary preparation and guidance at your disposal in order to prepare for the Xacobeo Year and fully enjoy this experience, that you will surely never forget.Contact
Accommodation during the Holy Year
The amount of pilgrims increases considerably during Holy Years, especially in July, as many pilgrims try to reach Santiago de Compostela in time for the celebrations on July 25th in Santiago.
Eleven years after the last Holy Year and with the increase in international recognition of the Camino, a large influx of pilgrims is expected.
Get ready now and organise your Camino so you aren’t left without accommodation in this special year.
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We will take care of the organising all the technical details so that you can be worry-free.
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