Walking tour

Pilgrims’ way: meet you at the next shell

From the 10th century onwards, pilgrims from across Europe made their way to Santiago de Compostela (in modern-day Spain) in order to worship the shrine containing the supposed remains of St James the Great. At the time, this was one of the three most important Christian pilgrimages, after Jerusalem and Rome.

On this tour you will follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims heading for Santiago de Compostela through the centre of Brussels. Inscribed in the pavement, you will find some 50 bronze shells, indicating the pilgrimage route. You will explore part of that route through Brussels and learn about the significance of the shells’ positioning.

In cooperation with Itinéraires, sur les Sentiers de l’Histoire.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 9:00, 11:30 and 14:00 (in French) (duration: 1 hour 30 minutes).

Starting point: esplanade of Saints-Michel-et-Gudule/Sint-Michiel en Sint-Goedele Cathedral, Parvis Sainte-Gudule/Sint-Goedelevoorplein, Brussels
Advance booking required. Up to 25 people per tour.
1 5 Gare Centrale - Centraal Station
92 93 Parc - Park
29 38 63 65 66 71 86 Gare Centrale/Parc - Centraal Station/Park