Meet the “Shadow Pilgrim”

Have you heard of the “Shadow Pilgrim” known also as Santiago’s Ghost?

In Praza da Quintana at nightfall, when the lights of the square are turned on, a shadow of a pilgrim is projected on the wall of the Cathedral de Santiago.

Local legend says the pilgrim is a priest, who fell in love with a nun residing in the convent of San Paio, across the plaza. Secretly they would meet each night, hiding in a passage under the Quintana stairs that joins the convent to the cathedral. One night when he was tired of lying and sneaking around he asked his love to run away with him so they could live and love in freedom, They made a promise to meet in the plaza the following night, he was to dress as a pilgrim to conceal his identity. On the night they had agreed upon, he waited in the shadows, but she never came. Every night since then he returns, still in love and longing to see her.
Look for the deep corner between the base of the clock tower and the Royal Door. The pilgrim is behind a low fence next to the lightning pillar. Take a moment to imagine the time, forbidden love and the anguish of him eternally waiting for his love.

Buen Camino!