The Camino de Santiago is one of Europe's most significant Holy sites and is internationally renowned pilgrimage route.

In Santiago's Plaza de la Quintana you will find the Holy Door or Puerta Santa, also known as the Puerta de la Misericordia. On the photograph above, it the the entrance of the right - here shown closed.

This Holy Door is only opened during Holy Years. At all other times it remains closed. The last Holy Year was 2010 and pilgrims did not expect it to be reopened for another 5 years. A Holy Year occurs when the Saints' Day, July 25th, falls on a Sunday. There are an average of 14 Holy Years in every century. The next Holy Year or Año Xacabeo is 2021. This tradition was ordained in 1122, by Pope Calixto II. Ever since, the event is repeated in a fixed sequence of 11 years, then 6, then 5 years and finally another 6 years.

On Sunday 13th December 2015, the Archbishop of Santiago, Julian Barrio, presided over the ceremony to open the Holy Door in order to mark the Jubilee of Mercy. The decision to establish a Jubilee of Mercy was taken by Pope Francis in March 13, during the Day of Penance, and a papal bull issued, Vultus Mercy, in April 11. This event is unprecendented and the door will remain open until the end of December 2016. Pilgrims arriving at the Cathedral will enter by the Holy Door, adorned with 24 “doormen”, which are C12th figures rescued from Maestro stone choir, which once occupied the centre of the Cathedral. And above the door, St. James the Pilgrim is looking down to welcome all to the Cathedral.

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