Camino de Santiago de Compostela shell symbol.
This modern symbol of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, or St. James’s Way, can be seen throughout the many pilgrimage routes leading to the shrine of St. James in Galicia, Spain. The icon takes the form of a scallop shell that is found in abundance around Galicia. The various grooves of the icon, like a scallop shell, represent different pilgrimage routes that converge in a single spot—the tomb of St. James. The scallop symbol is displayed frequently on signposts along the Camino to guide pilgrims to their destination.