Talk:Catedral de Santiago de Compostela
Although many pilgrims today carry a scallop shell to Santiago de Compostela, historically the seashell was carried back from Gallicia as a sign that they had made the long journey. It wasn't used to drink water. Water was carried in and drank from a gourd-another symbol of the historic pilgrim. Additionally the scallop shell is the symbol of the pilgrim to Santiago de Compostel as sprig of rosemary (romero)is for the pilgrim to Rome and a palm is for those traveling to Jerusalem.