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The Camino de Santiago: Curating the Pilgrimage as Heritage and Tourism

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The Camino de Santiago

Curating the Pilgrimage as Heritage and Tourism

Michael Murray

246 pages, 9 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-191-2 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (September 2021)

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“An impressive, detailed and much needed analysis of curatorship of the routes to Santiago de Compostela and the destination itself, which takes a balanced approach towards the political, cultural and economic issues involved and the tensions between religious and secular interests.” • John Eade, University of Roehampton

“An interesting and fluently readable study of pilgrimage in the contemporary context of heritage tourism management.” • John Tunbridge, Carleton University


Pilgrimage, as a global activity linked to the sacred, speaks to the special significance of persons, places and events. This book relates these sentiments to the curatorship of the Camino de Santiago that comprises a lattice of European pilgrimage itineraries converging at Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. The detailed analysis focuses on the management of pilgrimage settings as heritage and tourism linked to the shrine of Saint James and gives particular attention to investment guidelines, land use planning regulations, environmental stewardship, information dissemination and museology.

Michael Murray, prior to retirement, was Reader in Spatial Planning at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland where, as Honorary Associate, he continues his research on international planning, rural development and planning law. His writing on these themes has been published widely in academic journals and books. He is a frequent walker along the many Camino de Santiago routes in Spain.

Subject: Heritage Studies Anthropology of Religion Anthropology (General)
Area: Southern Europe


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