Compostela: Joining of Heaven and Earth The Medieval Pilgrimage Roads to Santiago de Compostela is a constantly expanding resource on the Romanesque sculpture and the mythologies surrounding the medieval pilgrimage roads to Santiago de Compostela.

It currently features over 50 originally produced short films and more the 200 illustrated articles.

Original music has been specially composed by Martin A Smith

The content of the site explores two fascinating medieval texts, the so-called Pilgrim’s Guide and the History of Charlemagne and Roland both of which were part of a larger collection devoted to the cult of Santiago de Compostela. Essentially, the first purports to be a guide for the prospective pilgrim, while the second creates a pseudo historical setting for it.

The site is divided into four sections. The first covers Compostela and the pilgrimage. The second under the heading of Heaven details those aspects to do with what lay beyond the physical world. The third section deals with the Earth and where the metaphysical connected with the world. The fourth, entitled Cinematograph is divided in two and is the repository of original short films, on the one hand of Romanesque sculpture and on the other of the Pilgrimage Roads.

It is understood that any views or positions taken towards the material are the sole responsibility of the author, however, it should be stated that they have been formulated after extensive reading of respectable publications in the field, particularly in the copious body of academic work which is provided by the journals, Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale, Cahiers de Saint Michel de Cuxa, Gesta and other sources. Particular sources and bibliography for individual articles have been included at the end of those were such  declaration is pertinent.

This reading has been supplemented by Art History courses held at London’s Courtauld Institute, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Highgate Scientific and Literary Institute.

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Original Music: Martin A Smith

Photography Of Romanesque Churches: Via Lucis

Academic Literature: Persée



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