Camino de SantiagoSantiago de Compostela

Camino de Santiago – Day Five (Chapel San Marcos)

This chapel has been built near to the site where pilgrims would have seen the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela for the first time. This is the beginning of the end of the journey for many and there’s accommodation here for those who want to rest before the final three miles of walking.

Without being disrespectful, I have to say that this chapel looked like public toilets from a short walk away. I know that I wasn’t the only one to have this thought…..

The chapel from the rear, where it looks just a little more religious….

There’s a history board near to the chapel, which incidentally is one of the few along the entire route we walked, which mentions that in 1105 Bishop Diego Xelmirez (the first Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela) ordered the construction of a church dedicated to Santa Cruz, with the remains of San Marcos later laid to rest here.

The interior of the chapel is peaceful and quiet. There’s an opportunity to get a stamp for the pilgrim’s passport outside of the chapel, which saved a clustering of people inside.