Having finally arrived in Santiago -- the endpoint of the Camino de Santiago - the weary pilgim enters the cathedral. Going up a few steps behind the altar, the pilgrim is in a small, gilded space, guarded by a priest. Looking out into the cathedral is a gilded, bejeweled statue of St. James, the only one of the original Apostles -- other than St. Peter -- buried in Europe. The tradition is to hug the statue and make a wish. Then one descends a few more steps, goes below the altar, to view the tomb itself.
With Fresco Tours, we are leading a photo tour to the Basque country next April. If you think you might be interested, please contact me or www.frescotours.com. I'll be supplying more information on my website shortly.