Day 7: Cruz de Ferro. If you've seen the movie 'The Way' then you've seen this marker. The 'iron cross' on Monte Irago is not without controversy. It is believed to be built upon a shrine to Mercury and some say not to put stones there. However, The cross is believed to date from the 11th century. I think 1000 years is enough to remove any "pagan taint," don't you?
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain — A pilgrim heading to Santiago de Compostela in ancient times could expect a warm meal and a bed after a long day's walk. Camino de Santiago, Spanish for the Way of St. James, has existed for more than 1,000 years.
The highest point of the whole Camino, Cruz de Ferro. At just short of 5000 feet above sea level stands a monument, an iron cross on top of a weathered wooden pole. At its base is a huge pile of stones, rocks and other tokens left by pilgrims that have passed before us. This is a chance for you to reflect and to remind yourself of why you are on Pilgrimage.