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After having traveled some parts of the trail and seeing the movie "The Way" i had this idea and started to and started investigating to see if it was feasible, and found that there are many interesting waymarks to put in the category.

I know this is not a global category, but it covers all Europe and i think it is interesting enough to make a good category.

 

Here is a first draft of what will be the category:

 

The Camino de Santiago trails are traveled by pilgrims who flock to Santiago de Compostela since the ninth century. These are called pilgrims, from the Latin "per ægros", "one who crosses the fields." They have a shell as its symbol, a scallop.

The Camino de Santiago reached its height in the eleventh and twelfth centuries century but in recent decades regained prominence, being converted not only on a spiritual journey but also in a cultural journey of first order and was declared a World Heritage Site.

The trails are spread throughout Europe and millions of people came from all over the world to walk in them.

 

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This category is to Waymark Markers, Monuments, Fountains and Albergues dedicated to the Way os St. James.

 

Here are some exemples of what will be acepted:

Markers:

Example 1

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Example 3

Example 4

Example 5

Example 6

Example 7

Example 8

Example 9

Example 10

Example 11

Example 12

Example 13

 

Monuments:

Example 1

Example 2

Example 3

Example 4

Example 5

Example 6

 

Fountains:

Example 1 (This is a very famous fountain because in it you can drinki water or you can drink wine :D )

Example 2

Example 3

Example 4

Example 5

Example 6

 

Albergues:

Example 1

Example 2

Example 3

Example 4

Example 5

Example 6

 

 

What do you think?

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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Very impressive!

 

I've tried to get a little background on this so I can comment from a good perspective, and your photos help. So, I am quite enthusiastic about this as a category.

 

We have many precedents of categories dedicated to trails, some of them far more restricted geographically than this one, which crosses the borders of many countries. I think the historical and cultural importance of this trail system certainly calls out for a category of its own.

 

One thing to consider is that many of the waymarks for this category could be included in other existing categories such as the fountains and many of the monuments. Ordinarily that would be a major concern. The difference, to me, is the significance of this trail AND that each of these sites is clearly identified in a unique way as being part of the trails--logo, sign, or other identification. This gives the category a clear, identifiable focus. There are also many waymarks that would be difficult to fit into another category. For me, all of these are compelling reasons to support a category like this.

 

I wish you all the best with this project.

(Let me know if you need any help writing it).

 

~SQ

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Hi Razalas,

It's very fun because I created 4 years ago a category for this subject.

Pilgrims of Santiago

Because I don't really practice Waymarking at this time, I never submitted this category.

If you want, I can accept you in this category and after that, resign as Leader of this group. So you'll be the new leader.

What do you think ?

Chris777

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I like this idea and would be happy to participate.

 

Unfortunately it seems that we currently have tough times for this kind of category. I thought this idea was discussed a while ago with no success, but I could not find a related thread in the forum. A broader pilgrimage category was denied about a half year ago.

 

I still think it is worth to try it. If we can learn from the recent failures maybe this time it works. Your current proposal is a very good start.

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Hi Razalas,

It's very fun because I created 4 years ago a category for this subject.

Pilgrims of Santiago

Because I don't really practice Waymarking at this time, I never submitted this category.

If you want, I can accept you in this category and after that, resign as Leader of this group. So you'll be the new leader.

What do you think ?

Chris777

It might be better to create a new group and category to keep the dates consistent with activity. Otherwise it will appear that category started five years ago.

 

There may have been discussion about this in the past, but I think that it is a strong concept and certainly consistent with many similar categories that we already have.

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Hi Razalas,

It's very fun because I created 4 years ago a category for this subject.

Pilgrims of Santiago

Because I don't really practice Waymarking at this time, I never submitted this category.

If you want, I can accept you in this category and after that, resign as Leader of this group. So you'll be the new leader.

What do you think ?

Chris777

It might be better to create a new group and category to keep the dates consistent with activity. Otherwise it will appear that category started five years ago.

 

There may have been discussion about this in the past, but I think that it is a strong concept and certainly consistent with many similar categories that we already have.

 

Hi, I apologize for not having replied earlier, but due to the holidays have not been able.

 

Chris777 Thank you for the offer but exists the problem that silverquill pointed, so I think the best solution is create a new group and start from there.

 

Thank you for your feedback.

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I am dealing with this category idea since my first days at Waymarking. So I will support your work. And I would also be proud in being an officer in that category.

 

The Way of St. James is the most popular trail for pilgrims since centuries. It crosses several countries all over Europe and maybe beyond. There are uncountable plaques, fountains and monuments for this trail. So I think it is worth enough to get its own category here at Waymarking.

 

Some times ago there was a peer review for such a category which failed. But that proposal was started by some newbies without any discussion and with less knowledge about Waymarking. I've tried to help them but they stopped Waymarking as fast as they started it. I always wanted to start such a category again but I never have had enough time for. So this is a good chance to bring in some of my time and power.

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What qualifies a marker to be included into the category?

Must it be artistic? Or just every marker with the shell (I don't think so)?

 

What's about signs with the distanc to the next station of the trail?

 

What's about murals and paintings of St. James e.G. at churches?

 

Is the term 'Albergues' correct? Or should be use another like 'hostels', 'pilgrims hostels' or so. I think 'Albergues' is a Spanish term.

 

I think the identification by the symbol (shell) or the name of Santiago is OK. This is quiet simple and could be working.

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After some exchange of ideas among the group officers we have the category prepared to go to Peer Review, but before we would like to know your opinion?

 

Way of St. James

 

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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I think we category officers did a good job in the writing up. :rolleyes:

So please let us know if there are still any doubts or suggestions for improvement.

 

I'm still sure this new category for the Way of St. James would be a great addition to the Waymarking categories.

It's still the most important pilgrims track which spans over whole Europe and beyond. This is not global. But it covers a large area.

There are lots of monuments, fountains, sculptures, information plates ... which belong directly to the Way of St. James. You can see some examples at the category description. And there are many many more!

 

Its importance is also shown in becomming a World Herritage Site and the large number of pilgrims doing the Way each year.

 

So please support our new category!

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The new category proposal 'Way of St. James' is now in the peer review. Please vote! And please support our new category! :anicute:

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The category passed Peer Review. It is now available and waiting for new Waymarks to be submitted.

Thanks to all Waymarkers supported our idea. And also thanks to all the comments in Peer Review.

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Hi,

Trail sign 1

Trail sign 2

last weekend i googled a little about the 'Way of St. James'. I was totally surprised that the Way directly leads through my hometown. I started a trip with my family and we walked for about two hours the 'Way of St. James'. We found trail signs at places we are walking by almost everyday.

I started to take coords and pics from the signs. Normally I'm not a fan of 'boring signs' but it was fun. Keeping the eyes open to find the Way and the next sign.

Back home I checked my pics and thought about them. Too boring for Waymarks,....?

I came to the conclusion: "The journey is the destination." So if we see not only these smalls signs but rather the Way (Pictures from the Way) we would have a great documentation of the Way of St. James. So please if you are Waymarking these small signs open your eyes and take pictures from the great sourronding things. I will go there again and add some more pics from the nearby things.

-lumbricus

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Thanks to lumbricus for his submissions. And he is right. The journey is the way. So this category could be used to document the Way of St. James. Each of this simple signs might be boring for itself but the sum of them should show us the way.

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Actually, there is a complete series marking the Way of St. James completely done. There's even a geocaching passport involved. GeoPelegrins is a project undertaken by a group of teams that geocercadors through geocaching visitors to take the Catalan Way of Saint James. So we are talking about a series of Catalonia geoamagatalls crossing along the Way of Saint James. It consists of 16 sections. In each section you will find a geoStamp to put in your geoCredential. We hope you enjoy! Initially geoPilgrims were the creators of this series, but now that everyone do the Way of Saint James by this series will also be a geoPilgrim. You'll be so? Here's the website. Here's the website. http://en.geopelegrins.cat/

 

The website is amazing. They even have PDFs of all the caches along the way...available downloads of the cords. Etc. Etc.

 

Just another journey along the way...

 

Donicab

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