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The international congress invites students and experts to reflect on the relevance of European cultural heritage and the Camino de Santiago


The European Year of Cultural Heritage and Camino de Santiago, opened this morning in the Galician capital, invites students and experts to analyse the multiple dimensions of European cultural diversity and this pilgrimage route.


At the opening, the Director of the Chair of the Camino de Santiago and Pilgrimage, Domingo González Lopo, explained that the purpose of this academic activity is "to carry out a reflection around the tangible, intangible and natural heritage". In addition, he stated that "it is necessary to enjoy heritage", which is why activities such as a walk through the town and of a section of the Portuguese Road were included in the programme.


In her intervention, the Executive Secretary of the Compostela Group of Universities, María Teresa Carballeira Rivera, stressed that this second edition of the project had "repercussions beyond the borders of Galicia" with the addition of the Chair of Legal Studies Locais Màrius Viadel and Martín of the University Rovira i Virgili to the organisation. In relation to the programme of the congress, she indicated that during the next few days the participants will have the opportunity to create and be actors of cultural heritage.


The Director of Xestión do Plan Xacobeo of the regional government of Galicia, Rafael Sánchez Bargiela, said that the Compostela Group of Universities and the Chair of the Camino de Santiago and Pilgrimage are an example of cooperation. In the same way, he highlighted the contribution of heritage to the development of communities.


Closing the ceremony, the Vice-Rector for Students and Internationalization of the University of Santiago de Compostela, Víctor Arce Vázquez, highlighted the support of the academic institution for initiatives built around the Jacobean route.


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The international congress


The Compostela Group of Universities, the Chair of the Camino de Santiago and Pilgrimage, Chair of Legal Studies Locais Màrius Viadel and Martín are organising this international congress that will be held until next Thursday.  


This academic activity will be attended by national and international historians and jurists who will deal in lectures and round-tables with topics connected with cultural heritage, the Camino de Santiago and its legal implications. In addition, the organisers will cover the accommodation and living expenses of 11 grant holders from different countries.


Today and tomorrow, the academic activity will be held at the Paraninfo of the University of Santiago de Compostela and admission will be free until full capacity is reached. On Thursday, the activities programmed in Padrón will be exclusively aimed to the beneficiaries of the grants, that will walk a section of the Portuguese Way and will present the conclusions of the projects developed in group.