Good morning dear Maggie, thank you. I am happy to read your comment :)
Hugs from Norway, Amelia
Good morning Elisabeth, thank you. I am pleased that you liked this photo :))
Greetings to you from Norway, Amelia
Hello dear Klaus, it remains a mystery to us, but eventually we may find the answer. It is a pity that GE didn't accept this photo. There must be someone who lives in Bruges that knows about the shells :)
Greetings to Germany, Amelia
Dear Maja, do you really think so? I have been unable to find out the meaning of these shells in Bruges. Maybe we'll have to make the pilgrimage together ....
Warm hugs from Norway, Amelia
I am quite sure dear Amelia - have a look yourself: http://www.santiago-compostela.net/
the "camino" remains one of my dream trips, I would love to do it, or at least to do part of it - to do it together is a wonderful idea! why not? Let´s keep it in mind :)
A big hug sent northward
beegood is right, Amelia. You'll find these shells in many places in Europe. They are a kind of roadsign for pilgrimtrails, and they all converge in Spain, in Santiago de Compostela.
You could find more information, including a picture of the scallop here
Dear Maja and Norrel, thank you both for the links. I am just surprised that we found these shells in a rather small and un-noticed part of Bruges, with no explanations. They were not near a large church, of which there are several, but the area must be important :))
I have changed the tile accordingly. Most of you seem to think that this is part of the Pilgrim's trail.
Thank you for all these comments, I am happy to learn new things :)
That's a very interesting story. Was the shell loose or tight?
The shells are fixed into the cobblestones Klaus, and very attractive to look at. If they were loose, I might have taken one home ;)
There were a couple of cobblestones missing in this are of Bruges, I wonder if there were some rather shady tourists?
Nice photo! I Like
Greetings from Portugal,
The scallop shell is the symbol of Saint James. These shells mark the route of the famous pilgrimage "El Camino de Santiago" or "The Way of Saint James".
The main route (there are many variations) goes across Northern Spain ending at the cathederal in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of St James. Althogh some pilgrims continue further to Finisterra.
The starting point is often at the French border, though traditionally a pilgrim started from their home, wherever they lived. So I suppose Bruges must be on the route for some parts of Europe. But I am supprised to see one this far from the main start of the route.
Joaquim, SA10, thank you both for your visits and good comments. Special thanks to you SA10 for the links. I suppose it is possible that a pilgrim from Bruges started from their home on the way to cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, to pay homage to St.James. It would be a long pilgrimage!
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