Origins of the name Santiago de Compostela posted: 2014-03-02 15:26:00
The name Santiago goes back to the Apostle James (Saint James = Santiago). Saint James went to the most north-western part of Spain, called by the Romans "Finis Terrae", or "end of the world", to preach and convert people to Christianity.
After returning to Palestine in 44 a.c., he was taken as a prisoner and tortured to death. The king refused to bury him so his disciples stole the body and brought him by boat to the Spanish coast. Here the Apostle was buried at a secret place in a wood. Centuries later, in 813, the hermit Pelayo heard music in that wood and witnessed strange lights in the night sky. The site was thus called, in Latin, "Campus Stellae", or ''field of the star'', a name that later became Compostela.
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