On the occasion of the Compostelan holy year of 2021-2022, the National Library of Spain, the Xunta de Galicia and Acción Cultural Española organize this exhibition based on manuscript, bibliographic, audiovisual, cartographic and literary collections from the National Library of Spain. The exhibition covers the multiple achievements and expressions that the Camino has produced for more than nine centuries, when jubilee year status was granted to all those in which July 25 coincides with a Sunday.
The exhibition brings visitors closer to the historical, cultural, heritage, natural and human wealth of this pilgrimage route, only comparable to those of Rome and Jerusalem. The identification footprint=path that gives it its title is what organizes the selective presentation of cartographical works based on the vestiges left by the secular passages of pilgrims, as well as the oral footprint of the Archive of the word, without forgetting the natural environment and the relationship that the pilgrims have been establishing with it.
From its very title, the exhibition aspires to offer a polyhedral selection of significant pieces from those historical, cultural, artistic, literary, sociological, political, anthropological, geographical, landscape and experiential facets that the pilgrimage to Compostela has produced and continues to produce since more than 900 years ago. All of them are identified with five large areas, each of which responds to one of the meanings of the word footprint.