After passing away, it is thought that St. James’s remains were taken from Jerusalem and brought to Spain. Then the apostle was buried in the place where Santiago de Compostela is nowadays.
According to the legend, the burial place was discovered by a shepherd who saw a bright light in the sky one night and then an archbishop discovered that St. James was buried there.
Later on, a cathedral was built in the same place. Soon thereafter, a victory over Moorish invaders was credited to St. James, so as the word spread about the saint’s good action, pilgrims started flowing in.