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The Pilgrimage of Saint James (Sant Jaume) is another popular summer event. On 24 July, the boys and girls of the city congregate at the Church of Carme to start their pilgrimage to the New Ca­thedral.

All of them carry a little lamp to com­me­mo­ra­te the le­gend that describes how St. Ja­mes the Apostle came to Lleida to pre­a­ch the Gospel. Just as he was walking between the Carrer Ma­jor and Cavallers Street, a thorn got stuck in his foot. It was night time and the saint could not re­move the painful thorn until an angel ap­pea­red with a lamp to solve the pro­blem.

On that spot, the Peu del Romeu chapel was built, which con­tains a sculpture that represents the scene.



- Start of the Pilgrimage on Rambla de Ferran, in front of the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (9:00 p.m.)

- Route: Rambla de Ferran, Democràcia and Carme streets, La Sal square, Porta Ferrissa, Saint Joan and Paeria squares, Major Street to reach the chapel of Sanit James Romeu's foot, where the giants Jaume I and Lionor will Ball of honor and the Municipal Band will perform the Sardana "Els Fanalets de Sant Jaume" (Les Lampions de Saint Jacques), by Maestro Víctor Mateu.

- Closing: in Comèdies Square, with the reception of Sant Jaume by the Seguici Festiu, the prayer to Saint James and blessing of the children, the closing by the Municipal Band of Lleida, with the interpretation of the sardana La Santa Espina.

  • The program of official events for the Feast and Pilgrimage of the Lanterns of Saint James begins a week before the Pilgrimage itself, on the evening of 24thJuly.
  • The chapel, owned by the Diocese of Lleida, is open during the days of 24th and 25th July. 
  • The guided visit of the chapel can be done through the Lleida City Tour, organized by Lleida Tourism board, every Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

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