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Camino Culture: the Holy Shroud of Oviedo

Oviedo-cathedral-camino-primitivo-original-way-caminowaysThe Camino Primitivo, or Original Way, is the oldest Camino de Santiago route; starting from the city of Oviedo in Asturias. Pilgrims on this Camino route start their journey from Oviedo Cathedral, a popular pilgrimage destination for many centuries. The cathedral’s 9th century Holy Chamber is a UNESCO listed monument and homes its most important relic: the Holy Shroud of Oviedo (Santo Sudario). The shroud is believed to have covered the face of Jesus after his crucifixion.

The Holy Shroud is an extremely delicate relic and only open to the public a few days each year, generally at Easter time and in September.
In 2016, the Holy Shroud of Oviedo is open to the public on the following dates:
21st March to 2nd April
14th to 21st September

The entry fee for pilgrims is €4 per person (€3 per person on Tuesdays), including a visit to the Holy Chamber, the Church Museum, cloister and cathedral. The ticket also includes audioguide in English.

Pilgrims should note the Holy Chamber is not open on Sundays. For additional information about the Holy Shroud of Oviedo, you can contact Oviedo Cathedral:

For more information about the Camino Primitivo or to book your Camino de Santiago trip, contact our travel specialists

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