The Compostela dates back to the 9th and 10th centuries, when the pilgrimage to the Apostle’s tomb was institutionalized. Although at first they used a scallop shell as a form of identification, the facility to falsify it forced the Church to replace it in the 13th century with the pilgrim credential, the traditional pilgrimage certificate.
Without a doubt, a unique recognition you only can get in Santiago de Compostela.
- Do the pilgrimage for religious or spiritual reasons, or at least with an attitude of internal commitment, regardless of religion or beliefs.
- Walking at least the last 100 km of the Camino.
- Seal the Pilgrim Credential, at least twice per stage in the places of the Camino: churches, monasteries, cathedrals, hostel…
“The Chapter of this Saint Apostolic Metropolitan Church Cathedral of Compostela, custodian of the imprint of the seal of Apostle Santiago, for all the faithful and pilgrims that arrive from every part of the whole world with a devoted attitude or because of a vow or a promise until the Santiago Tomb, Our Patron and Spains Protector, it accredits in front of everyone that observe this document that: X has visited devotedly this Most Sacred Church with a Christian sense (pieratis causa). In witness thereof I give this present document endorsed with the seal of this Holy Church.”