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Holy years

Compostela enjoys a singular privilege that was first granted around the year 1122. It is mentioned in another papal bull of 1179, which still exists: Pope Alexander III’s Regis aeterni, which confirms the privilege granted to the Cathedral by Pope Callistus II (1118-1124). Two of his brothers, Raymond and Henry of Burgundy, were married to daughters of King Alfonso VI, Urraca and Teresa, heirs to the territories of Galicia and Portugal. This served to further strengthen the solid links between the Compostela see and the Papacy, which were clearly demonstrated by Callistus II and King Alfonso VI’s promotion of the Jacobean pilgrimage.