Each hostel has its own stamp, for the pilgrim's passport of its guests. The Beilari stamp is inspired by the shell. By using this symbol we like to express some important values for our house: the quality of the welcome, openness to others, openness to the sky and the stars, and the notion of union and communion.
To us, the Camino de Santiago was and still is a great source of inspiration, and by far the majority of our guests are pilgrims. For centuries, the symbol of the Camino has been the scallop shell. There are, of course, many legends about the origin of this symbol. For example the one about a knight who was caught by the sea, but was saved by St. James at the last moment. The knight jumped out of the waves alive, covered with shells from head to toe....
the star road
In the “Codex Calixtinus”, the pilgrim’s book from the 12th Century (> alongside), the Camino is seen as the earthly replica of the Milky Way. According to the book, Charlemagne one night saw “a road of stars. It started at the Frisian Sea and led (...) to Galicia, where in that time the remains of the holy James rested without anyone knowing.” James himself then gives Charlemagne the task to liberate “my pilgrimage route (...), so that one (..) can visit my grave.”
(Whether this is true or not, Charlemagne never got further than Zaragoza, from where he made his famous retreat via Roncesvalles).
Faith in holy places is of all times. For example, the Camino de Santiago follows an old road to Cabo Fisterra (= the Cape at the End of the World) which had already been used by the Celts. There the sun sets and both the underworld and the world of rebirth begin. According to some, the Celts in their turn followed an old star road, which led back to the lost kingdom of Atlantis.
In the Middle Ages many Christian pilgrims followed this old example, by walking on to Cabo Fisterra after Santiago de Compostela. This old tradition is followed by more and more pilgrims nowadays.