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The Cultural Hour at Haigazian University
The Pilgrim's Road: Santiago De Compostela

On Thursday the 22nd of February, at the Cultural Hour organized by Haigazian University, Dr Loulou Al Akl Khoury, shared her experience of a journey to Santiago De Compostela.

In her opening words, the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Dr Arda Ekmekji pointed out a coincidence between the city of Galicia, where one finds the church of St. James in Santiago De Compostela, and the city of Beirut: Galicia was the cultural capital of Europe in 2000, following Beirut which had the same title in the Arab World in 1999.

Then Dr. Khoury, a Haigazian faculty member, started her illustrated lecture by explaining the word "pilgrimage": a journey undertaken for religious purposes to sacred places. According to Dr. Khoury, the most famous Christian sacred places are Jerusalem, Rome and Santiago De Compostela. The latter''s importance is that the pilgrimage has to be done by walking, and in the past century, around 35 million pilgrims visited the Cathedral of St. James in Santiago De Compostela.

Dr. Khoury showed, through slides, how the pilgrim''s road which extends from Leon to Compostela is old and difficult, with deserted houses on the sides, and many pilgrims from all over the world.

Dr. Khoury concluded her lecture by considering her experience a unique and unforgettable one. With her pilgrimage to Santiago De Compostela, Dr. Khoury proved and conquered nothing but herself, she said.

Mira Yardemian
Public Relations Director

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