Pilgrimage in Mediaeval Europe was highly developed and important - and had a significant effect on local economies. Destinations included Rome (Italy), the shrine dedicated to St. James at Santiago de Compostela (Spain), and Trondheim (then known as Nidaros, Norway).
Most routes have a history which predates Christianity.
In recent years, there has been a revival of interest in these traditional routes
- for pilgrims (still)
- for walkers, cyclists, and even horse-riders
- as a focus for local tourism investment
- and as an impetus for European identity and cooperation across borders.
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