If you are visiting Santiago de Compostela this year, you should apply for a special certificate, called ‘Cotolaya’, in addition to the traditional ‘Compostela’. This Franciscan certificate is only available this year to commemorate the 800 years since the pilgrimage of St Francis of Assisi, from Italy to the city.
To receive the ‘Cotolaya’, pilgrims must follow the same requirements as the ‘Compostela’:
- walk at least the last 100 km and get their pilgrim passport stamped
- visit the cathedral and the tomb of St. James
- visit the Church of San Francisco, where they will be able to apply for the ‘Cotolaya’.
St Francis was also the founder of the St Francis church and convent in Santiago de Compostela.The church is located at Rúa de San Francisco 15704 Santiago de Compostela. The mass is everyday at 1 pm and 8 pm.
Read more about the legend at this link. Part of the convent is also a fabulous historic 4-star hotel: San Francisco Monumento. Just for modern pilgrims!!