Hospitality through time
THE PAST CENTURIES WERE WITNESSES OF AN IMPORTANT SPIRIT OF HELP AND HUMAN SOLIDARITY, TODAY DISAPPEARED
Indeed, and markedly on the Camino de Santiago, hospitality was one of the essential elements for pilgrims to reach the apostle.
At that time, the accommodation network of our modern times did not exist. Let’s think of the public or private hostels, hotels, rural houses and other shelters that proliferate with great speed on the French Way and that are beginning to spread on the Cantabrian Way (from the north) and Seville (de la Plata). If we look back or look at the history books a bit, we will realize the importance of hospitality in an era in which the pilgrimage to the end of the earth was hardly known and very rare.
The pilgrims left their home and, many times, were victims of highway robbers. During their journeys, when they did not sleep in the light of the stars, they stayed in the houses of the countrymen. In return for a few days of rest or food, they helped with daily tasks. Sometimes a pilgrim stonemason, carpenter, or farrier would exchange his knowledge in exchange for the good care of his benefactors.
Later, the impulse of the monasteries and convents allowed the pilgrims to find a refuge, receive sanitary care and find a table. Around this, sharing and welcoming were a tradition.
In this way, hospitals appeared, places of welcome and rest, but also where pilgrims and anyone who needed it was cured.