Published On: Mon, May 21st, 2018

SMA part of the first Religious Tourism route of chapels and churches dedicated to St. James

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MEXICO CITY – Mexico has opened its first religious tourism route of chapels and churches dedicated to St. James, the patron saint of Spain, the country’s Tourism Secretariat said on Sunday May 20, 2018.

Among the cities included on the route is the city of Queretaro – the capital of the eponymous central Mexican state – as well as San Miguel Allende and Mexico City.

The route is an extension of the network of pilgrims’ pathways to the shrine of the apostle St. James at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried.

Along the route, there will be a “series of events and activities to be programmed periodically” and aimed at “disseminating the Mexico-Compostela Way,” as well as various parochial celebrations in honor of the saint, the secretariat said.


The route will include other Mexican cities and roadways with cathedrals, churches or chapels dedicated to the apostle, such as San Miguel de Allende and the Route of the Indians, which connects Queretaro state’s St. James Cathedral and the church located in Tlatelolco in Mexico City.

These are all Unesco World Heritage sites, the officials said.

James is a highly-venerated saint in Mexico, with some 526 places bearing his name throughout the country, according to figures compiled by Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI).




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