The regional minister of Culture and Tourism, Román Rodríguez, presided over the installation of a Way of Saint James milestone in Esplanade du Moustoir, Lorient, France. The minister, accompanied by the mayor of Lorient, Norbert Metairie, installed this symbolic milestone, 1,979 kilometres from the Cathedral of Santiago, the end point of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
During the event, the Culture and Tourism minister indicated that the milestone, installed in the heart of the French town, would serve to consolidate ties between Galicia and Lorient, “two lands that have an established centuries-old link through the Via Turonensis”, a French route that joined the Northern Way and the French Way, the main route to Santiago de Compostela. This milestone is located opposite the Lorient Town Hall and very close to where Lorient’s Interceltic Festival is celebrated. This year, Galicia will participate as an invited entity.
The sign has the main symbols of the Way: a conch shell, one of the oldest and most representative symbols of the Jacobean Route; a yellow arrow, pointing you in the right direction, and the kilometre count, indicating the distance to the Cathedral of Santiago.