Francisco Javier Sanabria Valderrama, the ambassador of Spain in Poland, and Fernando Martínez-Vara de Rey de Irezábal, the director of the Cervantes Institute in Cracow, were awarded with a Golden Badges “Meritorious for the University of Silesia”. The ceremony took place on 26 January 2022.
The University of Silesia can always count on the sympathy and support of honoured Spanish diplomats regarding scientific, educational, and artistic projects realised by the University of Silesia together with Spanish universities, which significantly increase the visibility of our achievements in the international area.
Exhibition: “The path of St. James”
The ceremony will be accompanied by the exhibition “The path of St. James” located at the promenade in front of the Rectorate of the University of Silesia in Katowice. The exhibition can be seen for two weeks starting from 26 January 2022. The exhibition was created on the Jubilee Year 2021, which has been postponed to 2022 due to the pandemic. The Jubilee Year is celebrated when 25 July (the Day of the Saint James the Apostle) falls on Sunday. It happens sequentially every six, five, six, and eleven years.
The exhibition was prepared by the Spanish Tourism Institute Turespaña in cooperation with Xunta de Galicia and Xacobeo 2021. Apart from photographs, it contains a descriptive part (in Polish and English) introducing various aspects and ways of pilgrimage and a snapshot from a route full of monuments and beautiful nature with a destination at the Santiago de Compostela Archcathedral Basilica with the burial place of Saint James. Due to its historical, cultural, and artistic assets, this most recognisable pilgrimage route was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.