Early Roman period c. 200 B.C.
The Roman occupation of Galicia commenced around the second century B.C. The Romans were attracted by the rich mining potential of Northern Spain. The Ruta de la Plata to Seville was known as the Silver Route bringing precious metals to the south of the Iberian peninsular (and beyond). Decimus Junius Brutus was the first Roman general to make it to Finisterre during the first century A.D. He was reputedly mesmerised at the way the sea drank up the sun. Many of his legionnaires returned to this place when their soldiering days were over to prepare for that ultimate journey to Tir-na-Nogi the Celtic spirit
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Early Christian Period c. 40 A.D
While there may be no historical evidence to support the view that St. James preached in Galicia, there is much anecdotal testimony to that effect. It would appear that he sailed to Galicia (probably Padron) on several occasions, his body being brought back here after his martyrdom in Jerusalem around 40 A.D., or some 7 years after Christ’s crucifixion. It is reasonable to assume that he, or his followers, would have sought to bring the message of Christ specifically to
Finisterre. It was common in the early Christian church to seek out places of spiritual significance on which to graft its own message. Finisterre was one of the most significant spiritual sites in Europe at this time and it was inevitable that Finisterre would draw those with a spiritual mission.
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