The stamp of 17p issued in 1993 shows us the ship in which the Apostle St James https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_the_Great was transported from Palestine to Galicia is designed after a detail of an altarpiece in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, which show the body of the Apostle lying in the ship with three other figures.
When St James returned to Judea, he was beheaded by King Herod Agrippa I in the year 44AD. This is detailed in the Bible in Acts 12 of the New Testament, “King Herod extended his hands to harm certain ones from the church. 2 He killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 Seeing that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to arrest Peter also,” (Act 12 Modern English Version).
The remains, or relics, of St James the Greater, were then transported by his followers to the Iberian Peninsula (today’s Galicia in Spain) and are said to be buried in Santiago de Compostela, which is why St James the Greater is now the patron saint of Spain.
According to legend, his body, along with his followers, sailed to the Iberian Peninsula on a rudderless ship with no sail. Landing on the northwest coast of the peninsula they proceeded up the River Ulla to land at Iria Flavia, (modern-day Padron)
There are many websites telling the story of St James, one of these websites is given below.
https://followthecamino.com/en/blog/his ... int-james/
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