As children we were taken (yes some days dragged!) to museums of all sorts. A favorite was the Trolley Museum in Connecticut. The Trolley Museum meant being able to climb all over the machinery. There were trips to other museums with my stateside grandparents. They lived just outside Philadelphia. We kids would get to stay for a week, all by ourselves, reveling in being the center of attention. I remember Omi asking me where I wanted to go each time I was with them. The answer was rarely anything but the Philadelphia Museum of Art. One of my all time favorite rooms has a lovely reflecting pool in the center of the gallery. Sometimes it was hard not to want to play in the water! Just sitting on the marble bench swinging my feet, next to my Opa, that was fun too.
So I guess, me finding my way into museums in Santiago was just natural. I wandered thru parts of the Cathedral Museum with Hunter prior to our taking the trip up to the roof. On my final day in Santiago, as I continued to struggle finding tokens of rememberance for the family back home, I found my feet unerringly leading me to the Museum of Pilgrimage. It is actually incredibly close to the Cathedral and to where I was staying at the Seminario.
The entry fee isn't much. As a perigrina, with credencial or Compostella even that small fee is waived! Doesn't get much better than that does it!
The first few rooms were dedicated to pilgrimage in general. There were examples of different pilgrimages around the world. In one of those rooms I found this lovely mandala.
In one of the halls, these tiles were on the ceiling. I would have loved to have had copies of them. The beautiful green and the soft ochre tones of the shells...very restful, I think. Almost like looking at them underwater.
My fascination with columns and capitals continued here in the museum where they were wonderfully displayed where someone like me can truly examine them up close and personal. This was like a dream come true for me, getting to see them so close and no ladders! Both my feet firmly on the floor.
Now mind you there was a lot more to be seen there besides capital! There were arches!!
|As beautiful as this is now...worn and weathered, imagine how stunning it must have looked like when the velvet was new!|
|I had to fight the urge to touch these...so I zoomed in with the camera to compensate!|
|This is one of the most beautiful paintings, in my opinion! An absolute jewel.|
So, next time your in Santiago de Compostella, and looking for something to do, wander round the corner and have a look see at this lovely little gem of museum. The staff are very welcoming, although the ones working that day didn't speak much English, they could not have been nicer or more helpful. I'm including a link to their website so you can find them even more easily. They absolutely should be on everyone's visit list!
I'm also including the link to the cathedral, and the information about the museum there and the hours are included.
It was in the museum that I finally found things to bring home that felt right. I bought a cd called Canto de Ultreia. If I was more talented on the computer, I might even be able to include some of the haunting music from this CD, which is playing as I type here. I also bought three tiny blue and white plates with a scallop shell on them, one for each household. Supporting the museum by making these purchases also just felt right to me at this particular time. They didn't feel like just purchases for the sake of buying something. They were tangible reminders of my journey, and a way of sharing it with family back home. Another friend bought rosaries along the way. Again, a lovely way to bring a piece of the Camino home. Funny, still haven't been able to go into a mall since I've been back! Not once. Several museums...no malls!