The gilded bar contains the images of the Cathedral of St. James which is world’s famous Catholic shrine and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cathedral was built in Galicia, Spain on the burial-place of the apostle Saint James the Great in the XII century. The legend says that the tomb of the apostle who had brought Christianity to Iberian Peninsula was found right in that place. The city of Santiago de Compostela grew up around the basilica later. All four picturesque façades of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral differ from each other, the building was constantly decorated and rebuilt, still the main style of it applies to the Middle Ages. One side of the token depicts the splendid western façade of the Cathedral along with Spanish name of the church meaning “Santiago Cathedral”. The reverse side is dedicated to the popular pilgrimage route to the tomb of Saint James the Great. It features the words “Road to Santiago” in Spanish and a scallop image which is the symbol of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostella. In addition to the religious and metaphorical interpretations of the symbol it claims to have a quite prosaic origin of seashells often found by pilgrims on the Atlantic coast of Spain.
ConditionA new token, a capsule.
|Coin material||Base metal / Gilded|