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Vatican exhibit explores roots of Compostela pilgrimage

June 02, 2010

This week the Vatican is opening an exhibit featuring Diego Gelmirez, the first Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, who was instrumental in the construction of that city's cathedral and in establishing the traditional pilgrimage to Compostela that countless thousands of Christians have made over the years.

Archbishop Gelmirez was the driving force behind what was "without a doubt the golden age of Compostelan art and culture," the curator of the exhibit argues. The display, set up in the Charlemagne wing of the colonnade in St. Peter's Square, will remain open and free to the public until August 1.


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