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María Pilar Alonso Abad awarded the XXII International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia


The jury of the XXII Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia International Prize, which met yesterday in Santiago de Compostela, decided to award the honour to the academic and researcher María Pilar Alonso Abad for her contribution to the dissemination of the values of the Camino de Santiago as a lecturer and her unique research on its cultural heritage. Emphasizing also its national and international projection, given its youth.


The candidature, presented by the University of Burgos, was supported by more than 30 institutions and universities. Among them, the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, the Junta de Castilla y León, Patrimonio Nacional and the Asociación de Municipios del Camino de Santiago.


When informing her of the decision, she said that she felt "honoured to share this award with important personalities and institutions, distinguished for their work in favour of society and culture". In this sense, she explained that she "will continue to work for culture and in defence of the values represented by the prize", in order to continue to "deserve this recognition".


The award ceremony will take place on 6 September within the framework of the XXIV General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities, which this year will be held at the University of Salamanca (Spain). At this ceremony, he will receive a golden shell, symbol of the Compostela Group of Universities, and 6,000 euros (gross amount).


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María del Pilar Alonso Abad is coordinator of the Marie Curie European project in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, member of the Ernst-Herzfeld-Gesellschaft Society for the Study of Islamic Heritage and member of the International Scientific Committee of the Association of Municipalities on the Camino de Santiago. Author of works such as 'El Real Monasterio de Las Huelgas de Burgos' and 'Las Vidrieras de la Catedral de Burgos'.


Graduate in Philosophy and Arts from the University of Navarra and in Humanities from the University of Burgos. Doctor in Humanities with a specialization in Art History from this Castilian-Leonese university and professor of this department at the academic institution.