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The Camino de Santiago World Heritage Site

In July 2015, the World Heritage Site ‘Routes of Santiago de Compostela’ - which until then had only included the Camino Francés (French Way), declared in 1993 - was completed with the four routes of Northern Spain: the Camino de la Costa (Coastal Way), Camino Primitivo (Original Way), Camino Lebaniego (Lebaniego Way) and Camino Interior Vasco-Riojano (Basque Country-Rioja Inland Route). This extension met the need to explain the origins of the Camino de Santiago, as these four routes make up the origins of the Jacobean pilgrimage. They are directly linked to the discovery of the tomb of the apostle and the promotion of St James by the Kingdom of Asturias in the 9th century and were only replaced as the main route by the Camino Francés (French Way) from the 11th century.

As a result of collaboration between the Consejo Jacobeo, the Spanish National Geographic Institute (IGN) and the National Geographic Information Centre (CNIG), these World Heritage routes have been included in IGN-CNIG’s Nature, Culture and Leisure display. This app offers the user specific information about Spain's natural and cultural heritage and the associated leisure activities. In this case, it highlights the Jacobean routes that have been declared World Heritage Sites.

The layout shown here is for information purposes only and is not an exact reproduction of the one included in the application file submitted to the World Heritage Centre.

The Consejo Jacobeo, in collaboration with the Association of Municipalities of the Camino de Santiago and ACIR Compostelle, has organized the First Spain-France Joint Conference for the 20th and 25th anniversaries of the declarations of the Camino de Santiago as World Heritage, on 2 December in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (France). It is aimed at French and Spanish representatives and the objective is to reflect on the challenges of world heritage and management and sustainable development prospects for the Camino de Santiago.

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