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Roncesvalles
Roncesvalles
 

RONCESVALLES AND THE WAY

THE ORIGINS OF THE SANTIAGO'S WAY

The worship of James and the veneration of his human remains began in the early 9th century, but we do not exactly know when the pilgrimages started. There are some indications that connect Orreaga- Roncesvalles with Galicia and Asturias from the beginning of the 9th century, although it would not be until the 10th century, when the transit of pilgrims was safer, thanks to the Christian monarchy.

The consolidation and the "new design" of the Jacobean Way, which would be fixed for the posterity has been attributed to Sancho III el Mayor (1004- 1035). But nowadays, we know without a doubt, that Sancho Garcés I (905- 925) secured the Jacobean Way that goes through the old Roman road to Pamplona from Nájera, continuing to the west, following "the way of the stars". At the same time he organised a Christian monarchy, which aimed at the expense of the Moslems, he was also very interested in cultivating relations with other Christian territories in the peninsula.  

View of the mountains surrounding
Urkulu's mountain