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Santiago de Compostela

World Heritage Pilgrimage Landscapes
Pilgrimage Exchange

World Heritage Pilgrimage Landscapes

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The Spanish holy city of Santiago de Compostela has been a spiritual center of Western Europe and the destination of the Middle Ages' most important religious and cultural movement known as "the Way of St. James pilgrimage". A network of pilgrimage routes from across Europe lead to this beautiful city on the northwest coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Because of its outstanding universal value it was registered in 1993 as UNESCO World Heritage.

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The "Camino" pilgrimage route, as it is known in Spain, and the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route are the only two pilgrimage routes registered as UNESCO World Heritage.

They share a unique history of human spirituality: "Sister" pilgrimage routes across the globe.

 

Pilgrimage Exchange

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Joint Promotion

jt-promo-sign.jpgThe Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and Santiago de Compostela Tourism are working together to promote and preserve the unique spiritual cultures of the Asia's far east and Europe's far west: the pilgrimages of the rising and setting sun. 

Protocol of Intention

Considering:

Tanabe and Santiago de Compostela share a rich history of pilgrimage tradition. Networks of ancient pilgrimage routes lead to both Tanabe's Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine and to the holy city of Santiago de Compostela. The Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela and the Kumano Kodo to Kumano are the only two pilgrimage routes registered as UNESCO World Heritage. 

Both networks of routes originated in the 10th centuries and have been walked by millions of pilgrims over the centuries. Although Kumano is located in the far east of Asia and Santiago is located in the far west of Europe, both of our ancient roads share a common history of faith. They have developed simultaneously as pilgrimage routes and have become beloved by our citizens as important parts of our historical, cultural and spiritual heritage.

2008 marks the 10th anniversary of official relations between Wakayama Prefecture and Galicia Province. A mutual promotion project between Tanabe and Santiago de Compostela will celebrate this anniversary and further deepen positive relations between Wakayama Prefecture and Galicia Province. 

Because of the above,

We Agree:

Firstly: To collaborate and cooperate in order to mutually promote our respective pilgrimage routes and cities.
Secondly: To exchange knowledge and experience in regards to promotion and sustainable tourism.
Thirdly: To research new ways to work together towards mutual promotion, development and preservation of our pilgrimage heritage.
Fourthly: To strengthen positive relations between Tanabe & Santiago de Compostela, Wakayama Prefecture & Galica Province, and Japan & Spain.
Fifthly: To respect the rich religious and spiritual heritage of each other’s cultural traditions while carrying out actions and projects.
Date: Monday, 27th of October, 2008

Signed Protocol of Intentions PDF >>

Tanabe City and Santiago de Compostela "Tourism Partnership Cities"

Tanabe City and Santiago de Compostela share many similarities, despite their cultural differences.  

This is especially true when referring to the Kumano Kodo and Way of St. James pilgrimage routes that are instrumentally bound to the history and character of both cities.

To celebrate and share together our unique, yet similar identities, Tanabe and Santiago de Compostela have signed an historic "Tourism Partnership Cities" agreement focused on sharing and cooperation.

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May 13, 2014

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July 6, 2014

Tourism Partnership Cities Agreement

Santiago de Compostela in Galicia Region, Spain and Tanabe City in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan (hereinafter 'the two parties') share a rich history of pilgrimage tradition.  Networks of ancient pilgrimage routes lead to both the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and Tanabe’s Kumano Hongu Taisha, one of the three Grand Shrines of Kumano.

The Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela and the Kumano Kodo to the Kumano Grand Shrines, are two unique pilgrimage cultural landscapes, the only two registered as UNESCO World Heritage.  The two parties embrace the traditions and cultures of their respective sacred sites, as historically rich capitals.

The year 2013 to 2014 marks the 400th anniversary of Japan-Spain relations.  This historical year is an opportunity for the two parties to collaborate together on tourism promotion and development, and therefore sign the "Tourism Partnership Cities" Agreement.

Specific articles of the agreement will be signed by the two parties at a later date.

Both the Spanish and Japanese versions of this agreement shall be certified as official documents, and become effective upon the day of signing.

Date: May 13, 2014

Tourism Partnership Cities Agreement Articles

Santiago de Compostela in Galicia Region, Spain and Tanabe City in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan (hereinafter 'the two parties'), home to the Way of St. James and Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, share two unique pilgrimage cultural landscapes, the only two registered as UNESCO World Heritage.

On May 13, 2014 the two parties signed a  "Tourism Partnership Cities" Agreement in Santiago de Compostela to collaborate together on tourism promotion and development.

To further deepen tourism ties the following articles of the agreement will be signed by the two parties.

We hereby agree:

Article 1    To responsibly collaborate together while respecting our historical, cultural, traditional, and spiritual heritages.

Article 2    To cooperate towards promoting and developing our tourism assets while striving to become sustainable tourism destinations.

Article 3    To share knowledge on how to reduce adverse environmental impacts, giving visitors and pilgrims an increased opportunity to travel more environmentally friendly.

Article 4    To deepen mutual understanding by facilitating diverse exchanges focused on tourism at the government, private, and community levels.

Article 5    That all aspects of this agreement, and subsequent collaboration, conform to the laws and ordinances of our respective countries.

Article 6    That both the Spanish and Japanese versions of this agreement shall be certified as official documents, and become effective upon the day of signing.

Date: July 6, 2014

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