June 18, 2010.
The way of St. James is one of the most important pilgrimages in the Christian world; UNESCO calls the route a World Heritage Site and the European Council declared it the first European Cultural route.
But a new website can take those who cannot walk hundreds of kilometers to where tradition says St. James is buried.
The site caminodesantiago.cc combines panoramic images for a 360 degree view of locations on the Way of St. James. Icons give users the options to move forward or backward in the journey, to get closer to objects and sometimes to enter buildings.
The designer of the page, Ricardo Murad, says the project is the culmination of technology; interactive images and a mystical soundtrack create a unique sensation. As Murad says, it's something of a “super memory,” and stirs users in a way that photos alone cannot.
This year St. James' Day falls on a Sunday, making it a Jubilee Year. And now anyone can experience it, just with the click of a mouse.