439. A monument to a pilgrim who died at this spot in 1993, just one day's walk from his destination. Two small bronze shoes are in the centre of the grotto.440. A small church in a peaceful grove
441. Here at last, at least in an outer suburb of Santiago
442. The chapel of St Mark at Monte do Gozo
443. The interior of the chapel
444. The closer we got to Santiago the more the cyclists emerged445. The sculpture at Monte do Gozo
446. The facade of the pediment showing marking the pilgrimage to Santiago that Francis of Assisi made in 1212
447. Detail of this facade. The flowers and stones have been added by the faithful.
448. Further detail of the stones added to Francis's basket
449. Another facade of the pediment. This represents the several Camino routes as the fingers on a human hand.
450. Just arrived in Santiago!
451. The Plaza de Praterias and the southern facade of the Cathedral
452. With Nicole (Switzerland) at the Pilgrims Mass
453. The Botafumeiro, the enormous incense holder, at rest454. Self-portrait of Master Mateo, creator of the Porta de la Gloria, at the rear of the pediment of the centre piece of the entrance, facing towards the main altar
455. Some happy pilgrims in Santiago. The three happy amigos had walked from Le Puy in France.
456. Marjolein and Manon (Holland) about to embrace the Saint behind the altar
457. A view of the Cathedral's western facade, reconstructed in the C18 in the Baroque manner
458. The Hostal de Reyes Catolicas, a state owned luxury hotel in the Plaza de Obradoiro on the western side of the Cathedral. The building was constructed on the instructions of Ferdinand and Isabel as a pilgrim hospice in 1492. The hotel's name refers to them.
459. Celebrating arrival in Santiago: Erica, Gerhard, Gudrun and Angela, all from Germany
460. More celebrations!
461. Farewell drinks: Gabor (Hungary), Slawomir (Poland) and Marjolein and Manon (Holland)
462. Swinging the Botafumeiro in the Cathedral at the conclusion of the Pilgrims' Mass
463. With Di (Daylesford) and Annette (Fremantle) in the Pilgrims Office
464. Courtyard of the Colegio de San Jeronimo. The statue is of Bishop Fonseca.
465. Three lively women in a Santiago park. Pick the interloper.
466. The view from the Quintana of the Living onto the eastern facade of the Cathedral. The Door of Pardon is immediately behind the young woman using the mobile phone.
467. Looking back at the fishing village and port en route to the end of the world, Finisterre
468. Erica resting en route to Finisterre
469. The coast leading to Finisterre
470. Approaching the lighthouse at Finisterre
471. The end of the way
472. A pilgrim monument. The lighthouse at Finisterre is in the distance.
473. A last view of the Cathedral, looking into the fading western light down one of the outer aisles
This post belatedly completes that commenced in Santiago in early June but abandoned because of difficulties in using the computer in my hotel.