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Compostela, often referred to as Santiago de Compostela, is a city in northwestern Spain.

In the Vulgate Merlin, Compostela is a Spanish land conquered and converted to Christianity by King Flualis and his fifty-five grandsons, as predicted by Merlin.

Compostela | 0 to the 9th century AD

Roman Origins
The history of Santiago de Compostela dates back to Roman times. The Romans established a settlement on the site, which was known as Aeminium.

Christianization and Legend of Saint James
The Christianization of the Iberian Peninsula gained momentum in the early centuries of the Common Era (AD). According to Christian tradition, Saint James the Greater, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, is said to have preached in the Iberian Peninsula. After his martyrdom in Jerusalem, it is believed that his disciples transported his body by sea to the Galician coast.

The history of Santiago de Compostela as a pilgrimage site begins in the ninth century. In the year 813, it is said that a hermit named Pelayo witnessed a field illuminated by stars, leading him to the burial site of Saint James. Bishop Theodomir of Iria recognized the discovery and reported it to King Alfonso II of Asturias, who ordered the construction of a chapel on the site, which is considered the first sanctuary at the location.

As a result, Compostela transformed into a major pilgrimage destination, alongside Rome and Jerusalem. The original chapel was later replaced by a larger church, and eventually, the construction of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela began.

Moorish Threats and Reconquista
During the period of Moorish rule in the Iberian Peninsula, Santiago de Compostela faced threats, but it was gradually incorporated into the expanding Christian territories during the Reconquista.

See also
Moors | The Legend of King Arthur
Roman Empire | The Legend of King Arthur
Spain | The Legend of King Arthur

Vulgate Merlin | 1220-1235