… so appropriate!! The last hill and the last stop before arrival in Santiago, about an hour away. Monte de Gozo, or Mount Joy, was once the first place that pilgrims could get a glimpse of the 3 spires of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (unfortunately, it’s blocked by a grove of trees now). Built in 1993, today it’s a large gathering for pilgrims who flock to the oversized monument commemorating the pilgrimage that Pope John Paul II made there in 1989.All sorts of relics lie at the base of the monument: the typical stones that left from home were finally dropped off, or others left stones to leave behind mistakes or pains, or tributes to loved ones. Also left behind were photos, busted sun hats, and yes, plenty of hiking shoes were gladly discarded!
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