The End of the World in Finisterre

Rome, Jerusalem and especially Santiago de Compostela were the most important pilgrimage sites of Christians in the Middle Ages. At that time one-third of the population of the Occident went, provided they were healthy, on the way to Santiago de Compostela. The pilgrims flocked on one of the four pilgrimage routes through France, or by sea via La Coruna, to the apostle’s tomb of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela.


On the Way to Finisterre – to the End of the World

At that time, many of the pilgrims who survived the tedious, dangerous way of Saint James to Santiago de Compostela continued their journey to Finisterre. Before returning home, they wanted to see the sea and the End of the World. Back then, it was believed that at the very horizon the water of the sea would get thicker and thicker and that the earth would fall, after a gloomy zone of silence, into the bottomless. Arriving in Finisterre, the pilgrims got rid of their clothes, burned it, cleansing themselves in the sea from their sins and many of them died of total exhaustion.

Rom, Jerusalem und vor allem Santiago de Compostela waren die wichtigsten Wallfahrtsorte der Christen im Mittelalter. Zu dieser Zeit ging ein Drittel der Bevölkerung des Okzidents, sofern die Menschen gesund waren, nach Santiago de Compostela. Die Pilger strömten auf einem der vier Pilgerwege durch Frankreich oder auf dem Seeweg über La Coruna zum Apostelgrab des Heiligen Jakobus in Santiago de Compostela.

Zu dieser Zeit setzten viele der Pilger, die den langwierigen, gefährlichen Jakobsweg nach Santiago de Compostela überlebten, ihre Reise nach Finisterre fort. Bevor sie nach Hause zurückkehrten, wollten sie das Meer und das Ende der Welt sehen. Damals glaubte man, dass das Wasser des Meeres am Horizont immer dicker werden würde und dass die Erde nach einer düsteren Zone der Stille in das Bodenlose fallen würde. In Finisterre angekommen, lösten sich die Pilger von ihren Kleidern, verbrannten sie und säuberten sich im Meer von ihren Sünden; viele von ihnen starb an völliger Erschöpfung.

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6 thoughts on “The End of the World in Finisterre

  1. Unfortunately I can’t leave a like here any longer. I haven’t found out yet, why. So take this as my like. Your photos are great and your text is very interesting ! I’ve been to Finisterre and it was a magic adventure in thick fog.

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  2. Fabulous post

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  3. In the meantime I’ve found the mistake! 🙂 So there’s my like now.

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  4. Santiago de Compostela is my aim, some day….

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  5. I absolutely love the title of post. Such a great content. keep sharing. I will soon visit again. I hope you will love pan cakes. Here is the recipe link of indian pancake Moong Dal Cheela I hope you will enjoy it.

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