Welcoming and Hospitality on the Camino de Santiago. Photographs by Manuel G. Vicente (Madrid)

A creative experience of hospitality and solidarity lived through beside the pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, in the hostels and at the goal of the Jacobean Pilgrimage.

A shared area of universal values
Hospitality, the welcoming of the pilgrim is a value which for centuries has been considered the cornerstone of the Camino de Santiago. A form of spirituality poetically depicted in the photographs which Manuel G. Vicente took along the Camino, on the route and in hostels during recent decades. The heart-warming welcome is fused with the experience of the encounter, solidarity, friendship and mutual understanding. Added to this are the values of the landscapes, the shared history and culture.

An experience of communication and affection
As the days pass, communication at several levels occurs on the Camino. In the first place, the pilgrim communicates with himself, the interior language is essential in the pilgrimage experience.  Introspection leads to reflexive, personalised self-construction, in which each person recreates his experiences through memory and affection.

In the second place, communication is established with the Camino itself and, finally, with the companions on the route, with the “hospitaleros” and the local people. The mental or spiritual space of the Camino de Santiago, evoked and recreated, is shaped through the affectivity of the person experiencing it; towns, cities, historical places and natural landscapes assume affective values in this spontaneous construction. A sensitive framework in which fertile communication takes place among the pilgrims, their natural environment and other persons.

Venue: Church of Santiago y San Juan Bautista
Addresse: Santa Clara, nº 4. Madrid

Dates: 15 May – 28 May, 2017
Timetable: Every day of the week, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Organiser: S.A. de Xestión do Plan Xacobeo. Turismo de Galicia. Xunta de Galicia
Collaborators: Cofradía de Santiago de Madrid and Church of Santiago y San Juan Bautista

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