Sacred Steps on the Camino Exhibit Now Open

Posted on November 4th, 2009 by

Sacred Steps on the Camino will be on display at Gustavus through Nov. 18.

Sacred Steps on the Camino will be on display at Gustavus through Nov. 18.

An opening exhibition service to mark the beginning of the Sacred Steps on the Camino exhibit will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 in Christ Chapel at Gustavus Adolphus College. The exhibit will be on campus Nov. 4-18.

Sacred Steps on the Camino is an exhibit of 39 photographs, paintings, and sketches reflecting on the experience of pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. This exhibit celebrates the experience of modern pilgrims from the United States and Canada who set out to complete the El Camino de Santiago, or in English “The Way of Saint James.”

This is the pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where legend has it, the remains or relics of Jesus’ apostle, Saint James the Elder or the Greater, lie. The Camino has existed as a Christian pilgrimage route for well over 1,000 years and there is evidence that there was a pre-Christian route as well. Throughout the Medieval period it was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages undertaken.

Sacred Steps on the Camino first opened two years ago at the College of William and Mary. The exhibit has now been shows in at least eight U.S. cities as well as in Montreal and Toronto.

Events including an opening devotional service, daily Chapel homilies, and a labyrinth walk have been scheduled to compliment the presence of Sacred Steps.  For a full schedule of events and more information on the exhibit, please visit

The exhibit’s display is made possible by support of the Xunta de Galicia, Spain’s Office of Tourism, and the Chaplains’ Office and the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Gustavus.   

For more information about Sacred Steps on the Camino, contact Assistant Professor of Spanish Ana Adams at or 507-933-6079. 


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