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Zapatones - The Pilgrim by BenHeine Zapatones - The Pilgrim by BenHeine
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A great looking pilgrim I met in front of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain) at the very end of my 700 km walk. His name is Zapatones and he is a well known living monument in Santiago.

The scallop shell on the man's hat has long been the symbol of the Camino de Santiago. It is often found on the shores in Galicia. Over the centuries the scallop shell has taken on mythical, metaphorical and practical meanings, even if its relevance may actually derive from the desire of pilgrims to take home a souvenir.

The Way of St. James has existed for over a thousand years. It was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with Rome and Jerusalem.

Legend holds that St. James's remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where he was buried on the site of what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela.

Since 1980 the route has attracted a growing number of modern-day pilgrims from around the globe. The route was declared the first European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe in October 1987; it was also named one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral (I'll soon post other photos of it) is a Roman Catholic cathedral of the archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. The cathedral is the burial-place of Saint James the Greater, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ.

The above photo has been shot with the Samsung NX11, provided by Samsung Electronics. Co., Ltd.
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leorlazo Jan 23, 2014  New member
Absolutely perfect
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tozhma Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
wish you had more stuff like this
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daxusx Jul 22, 2012
excellent !! i like this very much!
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:iconamydudess:
Hi, I was wondering if I could use this image on a presentation about catholic pilgrimage?
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:iconiknowhoiam:
HEEEYYY))) I've seen this old man this summer in Santiago de Comp!
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aprilclash Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice!
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Woodpig Oct 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great face! Very weathered - ideal for image of pilgrim.
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:iconaveyune:
PIRATE!!!

But seriously, this is a stunning photograph. Elderly people, I feel, are always the most interesting to photograph, due to the way the light plays across wrinkles and such. You've done a wonderful job capturing this gentleman's mystique and wisdom. Lovely.
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:iconxellcocoa999:
Wow... Outstanding potograph... I look at this man and I want to learn from him. He looks like he's just full of vast knowledge. Not cause he appears old but his eyes...
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anafilipacouto Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
this picture is priceless!
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