Although the most famous Way of St. James is in Spain, Lithuania joined the European Way of St. James network in 2016. Since then, 32 places marked by the symbol of St. James – a seashell – can be visited in Lithuania, including 11 Churches of St. James and other shrines. Each pilgrim can make their own route and observe wooden crosses along the way. The road stretching 500km across Lithuania is a living social, cultural and economic organism. Pilgrim accommodations and catering facilities operate at the stops.
You can also visit objects of the Way of St. James in Vilnius, such as the Chapel of the Gates of Dawn, the Church of St. Teresa, the Church of St. Apostles Philip and James, and the Dominican Monastery.
The Way of St. James (in Spanish Camino de Santiago) is a Catholic pilgrim route to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Spain, where the Apostle James is believed to be buried. This way has been known since the Middle Ages and is over 1,000 years old.
The simplest option for this type of travel is the most popular one – like many travellers in other countries, Lithuanians tend to only walk the last 100 kilometres of the Holy Route and receive a certificate for walking it.
However, there are Lithuanians who have started their Pilgrim way to Santiago de Compastela from their homes in Vilnius. For example, well-known director Jokūbas Vilius Tūras started his trip from Žirmūnai and walked for 205 days.