Pomeranian Way of St. James

Pomeranian Way of St. James

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  1. Polska  The Municipality of Lębork, Lead Beneficiary
  2. Polska  The Country of Lębork
  3. Polska  The Self-government of Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship
  4. Polska  The Self-government of Pomorskie Voivodeship
  5. Polska  Szczecinska Foundation
  6. Polska  The Pomeranian Regional Tourist Organization
  7. Lithuania  Kretinga District
  8. Deutsch  The Ernst Moritz Arndt university of Greifswald

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Study Trip to Santiago de Compostela

Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Pomeranian Way of St. James

From 28th May to 5th June 2011, Project Partners from Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship, i.e. the representatives of the Office of the Marshal of Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship and Szczecińska Foundation, participated in a study trip following the traces of St James to as far as Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

The trip provided information necessary for the implementation of the Project. The participants could see, among others,  the examples  of signposting of the Way of St James in Germany, France and Spain and also learn how pilgrim hostels and accompanying facilities are organised.  Yet another purpose of the trip was to find out how the Way functions in highly urbanized areas as well as in smaller cities, towns and villages.

An extremely important element of the trip was the opportunity to establish cooperation with people and organisations working on the development of Ways of St James in Western Europe. The participants met with, among others, Ms Victoria Diaz from Xacobeo, an organisation dealing with the development and management of Camino in Galicia and promotion of the Way in Europe. During the visit in Santiago, a meeting with the plenipotentiary of Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela, responsible for mass pilgrimages, was arranged. It was agreed that the Pomeranian Way of St James, created within RECReate Project, will be officially entered on the register of the existing Ways of St James in Europe.              

         

The visit to Spain also offered an opportunity of meeting some representatives of Ourense Province- a partner region of Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship. The meeting with Mr Jose Manuel Rodriguez, who coordinates the activities associated with the development of entrepreneurship in the Province, and Ms Rosa Caseres from INORDE Regional Development Organisation let the visitors learn about the ways in which the Ways of St James can foster regional development. What was also presented were the projects aiming at revitalisation of six closed railway stations which, after being properly equipped and promoted, should serve as pilgrim hostels.  

The stay in Gironde Department- another partner region of Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship- offered above all a chance of meeting the representatives of “ Society of the Friends of St James in Aquitaine” . The meeting was an opportunity to find out about functioning of  the French Way of St James.

The study visit was a perfect occasion to see how the Way functions in the areas that have been visited by  pilgrims for many years. It proved to a valuable know-how lesson which without the shadow of a doubt should bear fruit during the creation of the Pomeranian Way of St James within the frames of RECReate Project.      

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