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1999 Jacobean Year

Santiago de Compostela, Pórtico de la Gloria ©Archivo Xacobeo, Xunta de Galicia

There were many different programmes put into place involving the Camino de Santiago and preparations for the 1999 Jacobean Year, but they had a common goal: contributing to the preservation and improvement of the trails and historical heritage, and national and international publicity of the Camino de Santiago for cultural and tourism purposes, with a special focus on services for pilgrims. It should be highlighted that this Jubilee year was the last of the millennium.

Given the foreseeable magnitude of this event, the Consejo Jacobeo was restructured by Royal Decree 1095/1997 of 4 July to increase its effectiveness and operability.

Furthermore, the Tenth Additional Provision of Law 67/1997 of 30 December governing Tax, Administrative and Social Order Measures established a special regimen of tax benefits in order to foster private sector initiatives for both the commemoration of the 1999 Jacobean Year and Santiago de Compostela’s designation as European Capital of Culture in 2000.


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