San Juan de el Hospital, starting point of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

Initiative which joins the European Year of Cultural Heritage

VALENCIA, 1 JUN. (AVAN).- The church of San Juan del Hospital Valencia will become from June instead start the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela from Levante, on the occasion of their participation in the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
this initiative, launched with the support of the Association of Friends of the Camino de Santiago de Valencia, is part of the European project that aims to San Juan del Hospital put value back into the church as a historic temple pilgrimage to Compostela, from the century XIII.Esta initiative it will start from today with the "Pilgrim's blessing" which will take place after the Mass of the 19 hours and will continue indefinitely performed every day at the same time. The aim is that this blessing will last as a regular and recognized custom of San Juan del Hospital beyond the duration of the European project, which ends in December this special blessing año.Esta, which will be held on pilgrims begin the Way in Valencia, will be the same as is done in many other towns start route to Santiago. This was suggested by the Association of Friends of the Camino de Santiago de Valencia, with the aim that the pilgrim feel refreshed to start your trip.The European Year of Cultural Heritage, held this time in Spain, It is a project launched by the European Commission of Culture with the aim of promoting the value of cultural heritage in the call Europa.A through Creative Europe program, San Juan del Hospital submitted its application to participate in this project with the aim to disseminate and enhance the wealth of its historical sites, and intangible cultural heritage: being the first hostel for pilgrims in the city XIII.Los century old Knights Hospitaller of St John of Jerusalem who staffed the whole of San Juan del Hospital since it was built eight centuries ago, They suffered in Palestine to help sick and pilgrims who came from all over Europe to the Holy Land.
This helps traditional pilgrimage of the founding order of the church, with findings published in excavations on the grounds of the historical set like rosary beads or pendants pilgrims, It has been what has led to San Juan to join this European project.

From the church, understood as one of the reasons most important European cultural exchange pilgrimage from east to west and vice versa performed believers to the holy places for two thousand years, both Holy Land, as Rome and Santiago de Compostela. "In San Juan del Hospital Valencia we are custodians of part of that tradition and cultural exchange", contend.

Purposes for this year European project based not only on the route to Santiago de Compostela that will begin in San Juan, but also the enhancement and dissemination of the enclosure of the Joint Hospital of San Juan del Hospital, as a shelter for pilgrims in the city of Valencia, during S. 13-14, disseminating human values ​​of individuals and religious orders and religious-military, who held and attended these shelters, and other plans as the exhibition at the Museum of the vestiges of pilgrimage found in excavations or research in Malta files to corroborate hypothesis landings and boardings of pilgrims.

Azabache account rosaries of pilgrims found in excavaciones_
Azabache account rosaries of pilgrims found in excavations

Canecillo (head beam supporting the cornice) scallops with typical pilgrim

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