Camino de Santiago

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More information about the Way in Spain and our region, and the city of Toruń, can be found in the book Camino de Santiago – nie tylko droga, Wydawnictwo Naukowe UMK, Toruń 2012.

Passport, Badge, Compostela

The Passport is a document which is used to confirm the status of pilgrim and receive a series of rights, with the obligation to comply with certain norms. The Badge is to encourage trekking along the Kuyavian and Pomeranian part of the Way of St. James.

Activities related to development of Camino in Toruń and the region

Department of the Way of St. James in the NCU Faculty of Theology, Saturdays on Camino Polaco, Festival of Science and Art

NCU in "the shell network"

Several years ago, Nicholas Copernicus University, on the initiative of the "NCU Graduate" Programme, joined the network of universities located in the Way of St. James ( In the Centre for Information and Promotion of NCU one can obtained Pilgrim Academic Passport, which acts as credential for pilgrims.

Toruń on Camino Polaco

Toruń is one of the cities along the route of the Polish part of the Way of St. James, also known as Camino Polaco. In many sections of the Camino Polaco – also in our city – signs which indicate that the Way of St. James crosses Toruń can be found. Similarly to the Spanish sections, they are traditional shells and yellow arrows, which sometimes accompany them.

Who was St. James?

The name James is derived from the Hebrew "skeb", which means "heel". James was one of the privileged disciples of Jesus, who witnessed the resurrection of Jairus' daughter (cf. Mark 5:37 and Luke 8:51), the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor (cf. Matthew 17:1nn, Mark 9:1, Luke 9:28) and prayer in Gethsemane (cf. Matthew 26:37).

St. James' pilgrimage - how did it start?

"Starting from the eleventh and twelfth centuries, under the influence of the monks of Cluny, the faithful from all over Europe come, each time with increasing attendance, to the tomb of St. James (...). The entire Europe has met itself around "the memory" of St. James, at the same ages it was building itself as a spiritually homogeneous and uniform continent" (John Paul II, Address during the European Act, Santiago de Compostela, 9 November 1982).

Camino de Santiago – the longest street of Europe

The Way of St. James (Spanish: Camino de Santiago) is a network of roads passing through entire Europe, leading to the tomb of St. James the Apostle, located in Santiago de Compostela, in north-western Spain. Every year, it is crossed by thousands of pilgrims who, since the early Middle Ages (eighth century), when the place where the mortal remains of the Apostle James was discovered and confirmed, have undertaken the effort of trek inspired by faith and search for the most important values.