Maybe you have heard about the “Año Xacobeo” in English also known as Jacobean Year, Jubilee Year or Holy Year of Santiago the Compostela. If you want to know more about this event, here we explain you everything you need and then, you will be ready to start your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela! Read more about Santiago Camino Holy Year.


Santiago Camino-Holy Year, Santiago de Compostela

Santiago Camino-Holy Year, Santiago de Compostela

According to the history, the first Holy Year in Santiago de Compostela began in 1126. This celebration is on honor of the Santiago Apostle and take place on July 25th and when the 25 falls on a Saturday, the Compostela Holy Year is celebrated. This event occurs every 6, 5, 6 and 11 years.

Going back again to the 12th century, the pope Calixto II gave Compostela the privilege of granting the plenary indulgence to those who visit the tomb of the Apostle in the Jacobean Year.

Read more about The history of the Way of Saint James

Santiago Holy Year in 2021

Santiago Camino-Holy Year, Santiago de Compostela, holy door

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral-Holy Door

In 2021 is the next Xacobeo, and then 2027, 2032 and so on, only 14 times every century! The Holy Door will be open, as well as every Holy Year so people can access to the Cathedral from the Praza da Quintana.

Therefore, if you are thinking about walking the Way, we recommend you to enjoy the opportunity of walking in the Jubilee Year.

All pilgrims who arrive Santiago in the Holy Year will receive the plenary indulgence. To achieve it, pilgrims voluntary have to fulfill the following conditions:

  • Visit the Cathedral and the Apostle tomb
  • Pray some prayer – at least, the Creed or the Lord’s Prayer- and attend the Holy Mass
  • Receive the sacraments of penance and communion
  • To access to the cathedral through the Holy Door

Walking or cycling the Way?

Santiago Camino-Holy Year

Santiago Camino-Holy Year

You can walk or cycle the Way, or even by horse. It is recommended to pilgrimage through the minimum distance required to get the Compostela. For example, if you are going to walk the Camino, you must walk at least 100 km. In this way, apart from achieve the plenary indulgence, you will get your certificate of the Camino!

You can read more about the Compostela here.

If you have still not decided what Way of St. James you want walk, maybe you can read: 10 Camino de Santiago preferred starting points.

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