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Santiago de Compostela
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[German Version]

The rise of the city of Santiago de Compostela is closely linked to the cult of the apostle James, to whom a preaching ministry on the Iberian Peninsula was attributed in the 7th or 8th century and whose supposed remains were “discovered” in the 9th century. Consolidation of the cult of the apostle encouraged the emergence and growth of the city and bishopric. A monastic community sprang up near the churches built over the gravesite; later a village was established, which could be called a villa burgensis as early as 915 and was supported by the Asturian kings. In …

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Herbers, Klaus, “Santiago de Compostela”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 30 March 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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