According to an article in AARP: The Magazine written by the actor Martin Sheen, the sacred pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela changed his life:
My father was from the rugged mountainous, and rainy province of Galicia in northwestern Spain . . . Galicia is fiercely independent, with its own twist on the Spanish language, and known as the home to one of Spain’s oldest, most sacred treasures: the provincial capital of Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of Saint James the Apostle are venerated. . . Santiago de Compostela (is) a UNESCO World Heritage site . . . and (has been) the destination of millions of pilgrims from every part of the world for more than 1,000 years.
In 2003, Martin, a grandson, and friend walked and drove the pilgrimage route from Burgos (north-central Spain) to Santiago de Compostela:
I was trekking along the same path that Saint Francis of Assisi and millions of pilgrims…
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