This website provides texts, facts, documents and pictures related both to the respective languages and the topic 'pilgrimage'. Furthermore, it presents all the results within the frame of the project "Road of Languages and Cultures. Culture and Language Diversity on the Road to Santiago" (C & Lang).
The text department assembles extracts from historical sources, ethnographic documents and historical language surveys; but in particular literary notes of famous writers are presented in addition to personal memos of pilgrims and travellers. On the whole, the assortment offers numerous representative examples of an écriture of the Camino de Santiago, which thrived over centuries in each and every European country that was touched by one of the Roads to Santiago.
The film clips and audio recordings that can be found in the Video/Audio department portray a mosaic of voices and pictures of the Camino de Santiago: pilgrims, on the road or after their return, wardens, quirky characters and people who have become experts on the Camino, be it due to their own experiences or their wide reading; all of these provide the Camino de Santiago with a visage and a voice. The contributions exemplify impressively the Camino’s broad echo that reverberates in today’s society. The reports are being complemented by legends, entertaining short narratives and anecdotes which have all taken place on the Road to Santiago and then made their rounds among the pilgrims.
The texts and videos derive from culturally different European backgrounds one can find along the Camino de Santiago which give us simultaneously an insight into their linguistic diversity.
The portal is multilingual and has a didactic orientation. With the help of texts, pictures, maps and diagrams, the user is able to gain interactive access to milestones of Europe's linguistic and cultural history by acquainting him- or herself with the cultural and linguistic situation of different regions alongside the pilgrims' itineraries. The material provided is available in all languages that are involved in the project; one can download the material, print it out, watch it and listen to it.
Similarly, one can select on a euroboard the pilgrims' itineraries (C & Lang Atlas of the Roads to Santiago de Compostela) and recall exemplary data (text, video and audio) of certain locations and cities alongside the Camino.