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Gate SV. Jacob: photos, description (Porte Saint-Jacques)

The small town of Saint-Jean-pied-de-port in the Pyrenees Atlantiques went down in history mainly as the place where he started one of the branches of the pilgrimage route "Way of St. James. Place the beginning of the path indicated in the Saint-Jean gate of St. James, which, together with all religious buildings located along the Camino de Santiago was declared world heritage site by UNESCO. In addition, in town you can see houses that were built for pilgrims of Sandstone pinkish color.

Pilgrims in the Middle ages had a "quickening" effect on the economy of cities and monasteries, located along the pilgrimage routes, and continue to do so now: in Saint-Jean infrastructure of hospitality is focused primarily on this category of travellers.

The French part of the Camino is divided into several branches, which pass through the Pyrenees are in Spain, in Santiago de Compostela, where the relics of the Saint. At the end of the IX century on the grave of Jacob was built a Church (now Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela), and the first pilgrimage to the relics was made in the middle of the tenth century. Thanks to the relics of St. James, this Spanish city is in the Catholic world as significant a city like Rome and Jerusalem. Santiago de Compostela is also called the "Christian Mecca."

Currently, as well as in the Middle ages, pilgrims follow the Way of St. James, including through the gate in the city of Saint-Jean-pied-de-port. The length of the branches, starting in Saint-Jean, is about 800 kilometers. Near Saint-Jean is a Spanish (Basque) Pamplona, which is the property of the pilgrimage route, called the "Darling of the French kings".