It’s important for the one of us who is a practicing Catholic, and more of a curiosity for the other, to visit the place where the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, allegedly landed on a boat made of stones to encourage James (Santiago), the apostle of Jesus, to continue to spread the word of Christ in this part of the world. And for the kids, it was pure fun! So, here is Sanctuario de la Senora de la Barca (Sanctuary of the Lady of the Boat or Santuario da Virxe da Barca in Gallego) in pictures.
Apparently, about 40 years after the death of Jesus, James (now a Saint) moved to the northern Spain/Portugal to follow his his calling to Christianize this land populated by Gauls and pagans. He was feeling down, or so the story goes, by the difficulty of this task and that’s when Mother Mary came to him on a stone boat.
The pagans only converted to Catholicism about 12 centuries later.
This was an improvised stop as we had learned about what it is all about while reading about the “end of the world” in Fisterra where Mother Mary supposedly rested after landing in the Iberian peninsula to see James–the apostle of Jesus. It took some time to find some info and yet here we are. It was worth the detour even though the kids were disappointed that they could not swim in the rocky and windy shore.
The Sanctuary of the Lady of the Boat is a little over an hour from our base camping site in Santiago de Compostela .
Next stop: To the end of the world where Mother Mary rested on “sacred stones” that move with a touch of a finger, atop a mountain.
Where to stay in santiago de Compostela? save money. go Camping As Cancelas
If you are heading to Santiago de Compostela or making it your homebase on the road, check out Camping As Cancelas. It is the only campsite in Santiago de Compostela and a little less than a 3-kilometer walk to the Cathedral (or a 15-minute bus ride). This campground is kid-approved and family-friendly for its play areas, swimming pool and proximity to the city center. CHECK OUT OUR QUICK REVIEW of Camping As Cancelas and what to see in Santiago de Compostela in pictures through this link.
NOTE: In case you’re wondering. . . No, we have not received any form of compensation or freebies or anything at all for reviewing or mentioning this camping site or any others on our blog. We just do it for the fun of it.